49 U.S.C. § 28301 - U.S. Code - Unannotated Title 49. Transportation § 28301. General

(a) Eight hour day. --In contracts for labor and service, 8 hours shall be a day's work and the standard day's work for determining the compensation for services of an employee employed by a common carrier by railroad subject to subtitle IV of this title and actually engaged in any capacity in operating trains used for transporting passengers or property on railroads from--

(1)  a State of the United States or the District of Columbia to any other State or the District of Columbia;

(2)  one place in a territory or possession of the United States to another place in the same territory or possession;

(3)  a place in the United States to an adjacent foreign country;  or

(4)  a place in the United States through a foreign country to any other place in the United States.

(b) Application. --Subsection (a) of this section--

(1)  does not apply to--

(A)  an independently owned and operated railroad not exceeding one hundred miles in length;

(B)  an electric street railroad;  and

(C)  an electric interurban railroad;  but

(2)  does apply to an independently owned and operated railroad less than one hundred miles in length--

(A)  whose principal business is leasing or providing terminal or transfer facilities to other railroads;  or

(B)  engaged in transfers of freight between railroads or between railroads and industrial plants.

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