Any person who violates or does not comply with any provision of the labor law, any rule, regulation or lawful order of the industrial commissioner 1 or the industrial board of appeals, and the officers and agents of any corporation who knowingly permit the corporation to violate such provisions, are guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be punished, except as in this chapter or in the penal law otherwise provided, for a first offense by a fine of not more than one hundred dollars, provided, however, that if the first offense is a violation of a rule or provision for the protection of the safety or health of employees or persons lawfully frequenting a place to which this chapter applies, the punishment shall be a fine of not more than one hundred dollars or by imprisonment for not more than fifteen days or by both such fine and imprisonment; for a second offense by a fine of not less than one hundred nor more than five hundred dollars, or by imprisonment for not more than thirty days or by both such fine and imprisonment; for a subsequent offense by a fine of not less than three hundred dollars, or by imprisonment for not more than sixty days, or by both such fine and imprisonment. This section shall not apply to any person covered by section twenty-seven-a of this chapter.
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