[Rev. 11/21/2013 12:33:51 PM--2013]

CHAPTER 610 - APPRENTICESHIPS

GENERAL PROVISIONS

NRS 610.010           Definitions.

NRS 610.020           Purposes.

STATE APPRENTICESHIP COUNCIL

NRS 610.030           Creation; members.

NRS 610.040           Terms of office of members.

NRS 610.050           Vacancies.

NRS 610.060           Officers.

NRS 610.070           Meetings.

NRS 610.080           Compensation of members and employees.

NRS 610.090           Duties.

NRS 610.095           Additional duties.

NRS 610.100           Report to Legislature and public.

ADMINISTRATION AND ENFORCEMENT

NRS 610.110           Labor Commissioner to be State Director of Apprenticeship.

NRS 610.120           Powers of State Director of Apprenticeship.

NRS 610.140           Duties of local or state joint apprenticeship committees.

NRS 610.144           Requirements for program to be eligible for registration and approval by State Apprenticeship Council.

NRS 610.146           Representation of employees and apprentices in management of program with more than one employer.

NRS 610.150           Required contents of agreement.

NRS 610.160           Approval of agreement; signatures; training extending into majority.

NRS 610.170           Agreement signed by association of employers or organization of employees.

NRS 610.180           Violations of programs or agreements: Investigations; hearings; appeals; exhaustion of administrative remedies.

NRS 610.185           Suspension of right to participate in program if discrimination practiced.

MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

NRS 610.190           Effect of chapter on collective bargaining agreement establishing higher standards.

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GENERAL PROVISIONS

      NRS 610.010  Definitions.  As used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise requires:

      1.  “Agreement” means a written and signed agreement of indenture as an apprentice.

      2.  “Apprentice” means a person who is covered by a written agreement, issued pursuant to a program with an employer, or with an association of employers or an organization of employees acting as agent for an employer.

      3.  “Disability” means, with respect to a person:

      (a) A physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of the person;

      (b) A record of such an impairment; or

      (c) Being regarded as having such an impairment.

      4.  “Gender identity or expression” means a gender-related identity, appearance, expression or behavior of a person, regardless of the person’s assigned sex at birth.

      5.  “Program” means a program of training and instruction as an apprentice in an occupation in which a person may be apprenticed.

      6.  “Sexual orientation” means having or being perceived as having an orientation for heterosexuality, homosexuality or bisexuality.

      [7:192:1939; 1931 NCL § 506.06]—(NRS A 1977, 281; 1979, 766; 1987, 442; 1991, 1021; 1999, 1935; 2011, 493)

      NRS 610.020  Purposes.  The purposes of this chapter are:

      1.  To open to people, without regard to race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, disability or national origin, the opportunity to obtain training that will equip them for profitable employment and citizenship.

      2.  To establish, as a means to this end, an organized program for the voluntary training of persons under approved standards for apprenticeship, providing facilities for their training and guidance in the arts and crafts of industry and trade, with instruction in related and supplementary education.

      3.  To promote opportunities for employment for all persons, without regard to race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, disability or national origin, under conditions providing adequate training and reasonable earnings.

      4.  To regulate the supply of skilled workers in relation to the demand for skilled workers.

      5.  To establish standards for the training of apprentices in approved programs.

      6.  To establish a State Apprenticeship Council with the authority to carry out the purposes of this chapter and provide for local joint apprenticeship committees to assist in carrying out the purposes of this chapter.

      7.  To provide for a State Director of Apprenticeship.

      8.  To provide for reports to the Legislature and to the public regarding the status of the training of apprentices in the State.

      9.  To establish procedures for regulating programs and deciding controversies concerning programs and agreements.

      10.  To accomplish related ends.

      [1:192:1939; 1931 NCL § 506]—(NRS A 1960, 79; 1975, 1454; 1977, 282; 1987, 442; 1991, 1022; 1999, 1936; 2011, 494)

STATE APPRENTICESHIP COUNCIL

      NRS 610.030  Creation; members.

      1.  A State Apprenticeship Council composed of seven members is hereby created.

      2.  The Labor Commissioner shall appoint:

      (a) Three members who are representatives from employer associations and have knowledge concerning occupations in which a person may be apprenticed.

      (b) Three members who are representatives from employee organizations and have knowledge concerning occupations in which a person may be apprenticed.

      (c) One member who is a representative of the general public and who, before appointment, must first receive the unanimous approval of the members appointed under the provisions of paragraphs (a) and (b).

      3.  The state official who has been designated by the State Board for Career and Technical Education as being in charge of trade and industrial education is an ex officio member of the State Apprenticeship Council but may not vote.

      [Part 2:192:1939; 1931 NCL § 506.01]—(NRS A 1985, 818; 1987, 443; 2005, 1053)

      NRS 610.040  Terms of office of members.

      1.  In making the initial appointments to the Council, the Labor Commissioner shall appoint:

      (a) One member who is a representative from employer associations, one member who is a representative from employee organizations, and one member who is the representative from the general public for terms of 1 year.

      (b) One member who is a representative from employer associations and one member who is a representative from employee organizations for terms of 2 years.

      (c) One member who is a representative from employer associations and one member who is a representative from employee organizations for terms of 3 years.

      2.  After the initial appointments provided for in subsection 1, each member shall serve for a term of 3 years.

      [Part 2:192:1939; 1931 NCL § 506.01]—(NRS A 1977, 1245)

      NRS 610.050  Vacancies.  Any member appointed to fill a vacancy occurring prior to the expiration of the term of the member’s predecessor shall be appointed for the remainder of the term.

      [Part 2:192:1939; 1931 NCL § 506.01]

      NRS 610.060  Officers.

      1.  The member who is a representative of the general public shall act as Chair of the State Apprenticeship Council but shall not vote on matters before the Council except in the case of a tie.

      2.  The Labor Commissioner or the appointed representative of the Labor Commissioner is the ex officio Secretary of the State Apprenticeship Council, but may not vote.

      [Part 2:192:1939; 1931 NCL § 506.01] + [Part 3:192:1939; 1931 NCL § 506.02]—(NRS A 1987, 443)

      NRS 610.070  Meetings.  The State Apprenticeship Council shall meet at least once in each calendar quarter and may meet at other times at the call of a majority of its members.

      [Part 2:192:1939; 1931 NCL § 506.01]—(NRS A 1977, 282; 1983, 1448; 1987, 444)

      NRS 610.080  Compensation of members and employees.

      1.  Each member of the State Apprenticeship Council is entitled to receive a salary of not more than $80 per day, as fixed by the Council, while attending meetings of the Council.

      2.  While engaged in the business of the Council, each member and employee of the Council is entitled to receive the per diem allowance and travel expenses provided for state officers and employees generally.

      [Part 12 1/2:192:1939; added 1947, 766; 1943 NCL § 506.11a]—(NRS A 1969, 772; 1975, 300; 1981, 1989; 1987, 1312; 1989, 1721)

      NRS 610.090  Duties.  The State Apprenticeship Council shall:

      1.  Establish standards for programs and agreements that are not lower than those prescribed by this chapter.

      2.  Upon review and approval, extend written reciprocal recognition to multistate joint programs.

      3.  Adopt such regulations as may be necessary to carry out the intent and purposes of this chapter.

      4.  Perform such other functions as may be necessary for the fulfillment of the intent and purposes of this chapter.

      [Part 2:192:1939; 1931 NCL § 506.01]—(NRS A 1987, 444)

      NRS 610.095  Additional duties.  The State Apprenticeship Council shall:

      1.  Register and approve or reject proposed programs and standards for apprenticeship.

      2.  After providing notice and a hearing and for good cause shown, deny an application for approval of a program, suspend, terminate, cancel or place conditions upon any approved program, or place an approved program on probation for any violation of the provisions of this title as specified in regulations adopted by the State Apprenticeship Council.

      (Added to NRS by 1987, 442; A 2001, 481)

      NRS 610.100  Report to Legislature and public.  The State Apprenticeship Council shall make a report of its activities and findings, through the Labor Commissioner, as provided in NRS 607.080, to the Legislature and to the public.

      [Part 2:192:1939; 1931 NCL § 506.01]—(NRS A 1965, 68)

ADMINISTRATION AND ENFORCEMENT

      NRS 610.110  Labor Commissioner to be State Director of Apprenticeship.  The Labor Commissioner or the duly appointed representative of the Labor Commissioner shall be ex officio State Director of Apprenticeship.

      [Part 3:192:1939; 1931 NCL § 506.02]

      NRS 610.120  Powers of State Director of Apprenticeship.

      1.  The State Director of Apprenticeship shall:

      (a) Administer the provisions of this chapter with the advice and guidance of the State Apprenticeship Council.

      (b) In cooperation with the State Apprenticeship Council and local or state joint apprenticeship committees, set up conditions and standards for proposed programs, that are not less stringent than those prescribed by this chapter.

      (c) Approve any agreement which meets the standards established under this chapter and terminate or cancel any agreement in accordance with the provisions of the agreement, the program, this chapter and the standards approved by the State Apprenticeship Council.

      (d) Keep a record of agreements and their dispositions.

      (e) Issue certificates of completion of apprenticeship at the request of the local joint apprenticeship committee.

      (f) Perform such other duties as are necessary to carry out the intent and purposes of this chapter.

      2.  The administration and supervision of related and supplemental instruction for apprentices, coordination of instruction with job experiences, and the selection and training of teachers and coordinators for that instruction are the responsibility of the local joint apprenticeship committees.

      [4:192:1939; 1931 NCL § 506.03]—(NRS A 1977, 282; 1987, 444)

      NRS 610.140  Duties of local or state joint apprenticeship committees.

      1.  A local or state apprenticeship committee shall:

      (a) In accordance with standards set up by the State Apprenticeship Council, work in an advisory capacity with employers and employees in matters regarding schedules of operations, application of wage rates, and working conditions for apprentices, which conditions must specify the number of apprentices which may be employed locally in the trade under programs and agreements entered into under this chapter.

      (b) Adjust disputes concerning apprenticeships not otherwise provided for in bona fide collective bargaining agreements.

      (c) Within 10 days after the termination of any agreement, submit to the State Apprenticeship Council a written notice which includes the name of the apprentice and the reason for the termination.

      (d) Keep the State Apprenticeship Council informed of all actions.

      2.  The decisions of local or state joint apprenticeship committees are, at all times, subject to appeal to the State Apprenticeship Council.

      [6:192:1939; 1931 NCL § 506.05]—(NRS A 1977, 283; 1987, 444)

      NRS 610.144  Requirements for program to be eligible for registration and approval by State Apprenticeship Council.  To be eligible for registration and approval by the State Apprenticeship Council, a proposed program must:

      1.  Be an organized, written plan embodying the terms and conditions of employment, training and supervision of one or more apprentices in an occupation in which a person may be apprenticed and be subscribed to by a sponsor who has undertaken to carry out the program.

      2.  Contain the pledge of equal opportunity prescribed in 29 C.F.R. § 30.3(b) and, when applicable:

      (a) A plan of affirmative action in accordance with 29 C.F.R. § 30.4;

      (b) A method of selection authorized in 29 C.F.R. § 30.5;

      (c) A nondiscriminatory pool for application as an apprentice; or

      (d) Similar requirements expressed in a state plan for equal opportunity in employment in apprenticeships adopted pursuant to 29 C.F.R. Part 30 and approved by the Department of Labor.

      3.  Contain:

      (a) Provisions concerning the employment and training of the apprentice in a skilled trade;

      (b) A term of apprenticeship of not less than 2,000 hours of work experience, consistent with training requirements as established by practice in the trade;

      (c) An outline of the processes in which the apprentice will receive supervised experience and training on the job, and the allocation of the approximate time to be spent in each major process;

      (d) Provisions for organized, related and supplemental instruction in technical subjects related to the trade with a minimum of 144 hours for each year of apprenticeship, given in a classroom or through trade, industrial or correspondence courses of equivalent value or other forms of study approved by the State Apprenticeship Council;

      (e) A progressively increasing, reasonable and profitable schedule of wages to be paid to the apprentice consistent with the skills acquired, not less than that allowed by federal or state law or regulations or by a collective bargaining agreement;

      (f) Provisions for a periodic review and evaluation of the apprentice’s progress in performance on the job and related instruction and the maintenance of appropriate records of such progress;

      (g) A numeric ratio of apprentices to journeymen consistent with proper supervision, training, safety, continuity of employment and applicable provisions in collective bargaining agreements, in language that is specific and clear as to its application in terms of job sites, workforces, departments or plants;

      (h) A probationary period that is reasonable in relation to the full term of apprenticeship, with full credit given for that period toward the completion of the full term of apprenticeship;

      (i) Provisions for adequate and safe equipment and facilities for training and supervision and for the training of apprentices in safety on the job and in related instruction;

      (j) The minimum qualifications required by a sponsor for persons entering the program, with an eligible starting age of not less than 16 years;

      (k) Provisions for the placement of an apprentice under a written agreement as required by this chapter, incorporating directly or by reference the standards of the program;

      (l) Provisions for the granting of advanced standing or credit to all applicants on an equal basis for previously acquired experience, training or skills, with commensurate wages for each advanced step granted;

      (m) Provisions for the transfer of the employer’s training obligation when the employer is unable to fulfill his or her obligation under the agreement to another employer under the same or a similar program with the consent of the apprentice and the local joint apprenticeship committee or sponsor of the program;

      (n) Provisions for the assurance of qualified training personnel and adequate supervision on the job;

      (o) Provisions for the issuance of an appropriate certificate evidencing the successful completion of an apprenticeship;

      (p) An identification of the State Apprenticeship Council as the agency for registration of the program;

      (q) Provisions for the registration of agreements and of modifications and amendments thereto;

      (r) Provisions for notice to the Labor Commissioner of persons who have successfully completed the program and of all cancellations, suspensions and terminations of agreements and the causes therefor;

      (s) Provisions for the termination of an agreement during the probationary period by either party without cause;

      (t) A statement that the program will be conducted, operated and administered in conformity with the applicable provisions of 29 C.F.R. Part 30 or a state plan for equal opportunity in employment in apprenticeships adopted pursuant to 29 C.F.R. Part 30 and approved by the Department of Labor;

      (u) The name and address of the appropriate authority under the program to receive, process and make disposition of complaints; and

      (v) Provisions for the recording and maintenance of all records concerning apprenticeships as may be required by the State Apprenticeship Council and applicable laws.

      (Added to NRS by 1987, 440)

      NRS 610.146  Representation of employees and apprentices in management of program with more than one employer.  All programs operated with more than one employer or an association of employers must include provisions sufficient to ensure meaningful and trustworthy representation of the interests of employees and apprentices in the management of the program.

      (Added to NRS by 1987, 442)

      NRS 610.150  Required contents of agreement.  Every agreement entered into under this chapter must contain:

      1.  The names and signatures of the contracting parties and the signature of a parent or legal guardian if the apprentice is a minor.

      2.  The date of birth of the apprentice.

      3.  The name and address of the sponsor of the program.

      4.  A statement of the trade or craft in which the apprentice is to be trained, and the beginning date and expected duration of the apprenticeship.

      5.  A statement showing the number of hours to be spent by the apprentice in work and the number of hours to be spent in related and supplemental instruction, which instruction must not be less than 144 hours per year.

      6.  A statement setting forth a schedule of the processes in the trade or division of industry in which the apprentice is to be trained and the approximate time to be spent at each process.

      7.  A statement of the graduated scale of wages to be paid the apprentice and whether or not compensation is to be paid for the required time in school.

      8.  Statements providing:

      (a) For a specific period of probation during which the agreement may be terminated by either party to the agreement upon written notice to the State Apprenticeship Council; and

      (b) That after the probationary period the agreement may be cancelled at the request of the apprentice, or suspended, cancelled or terminated by the sponsor for good cause, with due notice to the apprentice and a reasonable opportunity for corrective action, and with written notice to the apprentice and the State Apprenticeship Council of the final action taken.

      9.  A reference incorporating as part of the agreement the standards of the program as it exists on the date of the agreement and as it may be amended during the period of the agreement.

      10.  A statement that the apprentice will be accorded equal opportunity in all phases of employment and training as an apprentice without discrimination because of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion or disability.

      11.  A statement naming the State Apprenticeship Council as the authority designated pursuant to NRS 610.180 to receive, process and dispose of controversies or differences arising out of the agreement when the controversies or differences cannot be adjusted locally or resolved in accordance with the program or collective bargaining agreements.

      12.  Such additional terms and conditions as are prescribed or approved by the State Apprenticeship Council not inconsistent with the provisions of this chapter.

      [8:192:1939; 1931 NCL § 506.07]—(NRS A 1960, 80; 1975, 1455; 1977, 283; 1983, 974; 1987, 445; 1991, 1022; 1999, 1936; 2011, 494)

      NRS 610.160  Approval of agreement; signatures; training extending into majority.

      1.  No agreement under this chapter is effective until it is approved by the local joint apprenticeship committee and the State Director of Apprenticeship. A copy of the agreement must be forwarded within 10 days after approval by the local joint apprenticeship committee to the State Director of Apprenticeship.

      2.  Every agreement must be signed by the employer, by an association of employers or by an organization of employees acting as agent for an employer, and by the apprentice. If the apprentice is a minor, the agreement must also be signed by:

      (a) Both parents, if the minor is living with both parents;

      (b) The custodial parent, if the minor is living with only one parent; or

      (c) The minor’s legal guardian.

      3.  If a minor enters into an agreement under this chapter for a period of training extending into his or her majority, the agreement is likewise binding for the period covered during his or her majority.

      [9:192:1939; 1931 NCL § 506.08]—(NRS A 1975, 1487; 1979, 766; 1987, 446)

      NRS 610.170  Agreement signed by association of employers or organization of employees.  For the purpose of providing greater diversity of training or continuity of employment, any agreement made under this chapter may, at the discretion of the local joint apprenticeship committee, be signed by an association of employers or an organization of employees instead of by an individual employer. In that case the agreement must provide expressly that the association of employers or organization of employees does not assume the obligation of an employer, but agrees to use its best endeavors to procure employment and training for the apprentice with one or more employers who will accept full responsibility, as provided in this chapter, for all the terms and conditions of employment and training set forth in the agreement between the apprentice and the association of employers or organization of employees during the period of employment.

      [10:192:1939; 1931 NCL § 506.09]—(NRS A 1987, 447)

      NRS 610.180  Violations of programs or agreements: Investigations; hearings; appeals; exhaustion of administrative remedies.

      1.  Upon the complaint of any interested person or upon its own initiative, the State Apprenticeship Council may investigate to determine if there has been a violation of the terms or conditions of an approved program or an agreement made under this chapter. The State Apprenticeship Council may hold necessary hearings, inquiries and other proceedings. The parties to each agreement and the sponsors and interested participants in the program shall be given a fair and impartial hearing, after reasonable notice. A copy of the determination or decision of each hearing must be filed with the Labor Commissioner, and if no appeal therefrom is filed with the Labor Commissioner within 10 days after the date thereof the determination or decision of the State Apprenticeship Council becomes the order of the Labor Commissioner.

      2.  Any person aggrieved by any determination or action of the State Apprenticeship Council may appeal to the Labor Commissioner, whose decision, when supported by evidence, is conclusive if notice of appeal therefrom to the courts is not filed within 30 days after the date of the decision of the Labor Commissioner.

      3.  A person shall not institute any action based upon:

      (a) An agreement;

      (b) Proposed or approved standards for apprenticeship; or

      (c) A program governed by this chapter,

Ê unless the person first exhausts all administrative remedies provided by this chapter.

      [11:192:1939; 1931 NCL § 506.10]—(NRS A 1977, 284; 1987, 447)

      NRS 610.185  Suspension of right to participate in program if discrimination practiced.  The State Apprenticeship Council shall suspend for 1 year the right of any employer, association of employers or organization of employees acting as agent for an employer to participate in a program under the provisions of this chapter if the Nevada Equal Rights Commission, after notice and hearing, finds that the employer, association or organization has discriminated against an apprentice because of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, disability or national origin in violation of this chapter.

      (Added to NRS by 1960, 81; A 1975, 1456; 1977, 83, 285; 1987, 447; 1991, 1023; 1999, 1937; 2011, 495)

MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

      NRS 610.190  Effect of chapter on collective bargaining agreement establishing higher standards.  Nothing in this chapter or in any agreement, standard or program approved under this chapter invalidates any provision in any collective bargaining agreement between employers and employees setting up higher standards for apprenticeship.

      [12:192:1939; 1931 NCL § 506.11]—(NRS A 1987, 448)