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S. 2331: Improving Training for School Food Service Workers Act of 2019

The text of the bill below is as of Jul 30, 2019 (Introduced).


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 2331

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

July 30, 2019

introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry

A BILL

To amend the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 to clarify the availability and appropriateness of training for local food service personnel, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Improving Training for School Food Service Workers Act of 2019.

2.

Training and certification of all local food service personnel

Section 7(g)(2)(B) of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 (42 U.S.C. 1776(g)(2)(B)) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(iv)

Availability and appropriateness of training

(I)

In general

A training program carried out under this subparagraph shall—

(aa)

to the maximum extent practicable, be scheduled during regular, paid working hours;

(bb)

be offered in-person, if appropriate;

(cc)

incorporate hands-on training techniques; and

(dd)

be provided at no cost to food service personnel.

(II)

Program outside working hours

In the event that a training program carried out under this subparagraph is scheduled outside of regular, paid working hours—

(aa)

efforts shall be made to inform food service personnel of the necessity of the program to be scheduled outside of regular, paid working hours;

(bb)

food service personnel shall be consulted to schedule the program at a time that is minimally disruptive to the personnel participating in the training program;

(cc)

compensation shall be provided to food service personnel attending the program at the regular rate of pay, including any applicable overtime rate; and

(dd)

food service personnel shall not be penalized or in any other manner discriminated against for not being able to attend the program.

(v)

Relationship to other laws

Nothing in this subparagraph supersedes or otherwise modifies any Federal, State, or local law or legal obligation governing the relationship between an employee and employer.

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