Lunch is for Closers


The bill’s sponsor, state representative J.R. Hoell, argued that companies failing to provide lunch breaks would be shamed over social media, thus rendering the law unnecessary. “If they are not letting people have lunch, they could put it out though the news media, though social media. I don’t think that abusive behavior would continue, the way communications are today,” he said.

Of course, not every employer can be counted to to follow even the easiest of requirements to look after workers’ health and rights. Back in 2005, Walmart was forcedto pay $172 million for denying workers their lunch breaks. Pyramid Breweries Inc.settled a case in 2008 for $1.5 million. Just a few months ago, California ordered Embassy Suites to pay workerstens of thousands of dollars for forcing them to skip breaks.

WHY STOP HERE, GUYS? I swear, somebody needs to tell these people that the first couple pages of A Christmas Carol are not, you know, an instruction manual.


5 thoughts on “Lunch is for Closers

  1. Reminds me of an old Onion article about cancelling summer and replacing it with a new season called “work.”
    I suppose when you’re against abortion, contraception, child labor laws, the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts, the EPA, the Departments of Energy and Education, OSHA, labor unions, minimum wage, gun control, there’s not much left to oppose.
    Lunch breaks and quitting time are about all that’s left.
    But…hasn’t the paid lunch break been gone for some time now? When I was a kid, the standard day shift was called 9 to 5. Now it’s generally considered 8 to 5.

  2. I don’t want to name the national chain (I’m not absolutely sure which one it is by my fallible memory. But we’re talking national pharmacy chain that everyone would recognize).
    A Pharmacist on insulin was fired because he needed to take care of his food and insulin requirements.
    Of course, the chain tells its clients that their health comes first?

  3. If you are unable to leave the site they pay a straight eight hours with a half hour paid break. I was involved in the eighties in settling the case in Alaska for State Correctional Officers who were denied pay for breaks they did not receive.
    Businesses violate the labor laws on the books so the obvious answer is to make it legal to cheat your employees. It doesn’t get much stupider than that.

  4. For those who are on salary, not hourly wages, lunch breaks are often optional. How else can anyone get everything done? Oh, and bringing work home, unpaid overtime? All too common.

  5. OSHA had to create a directive forcing employers to allow their employees togo to the bathroom during work hours, and these dipshits think that somehow employers will just generously allow employees to eat on the job if they think they can get away with it? (I wonder how compliance with that particular OSHA directive is in the shittier employment sectors.) I sometimes sincerely can’t tell whether they’re evil, ignorant, stupid, or some combination of all three.
    Reminds me of an old Onion article about cancelling summer and replacing it with a new season called “work.”
    Phft, summeris a season called “work” for most of humankind for most of human history, at least in the temperate climes with >2 seasons; the warm weather is when you plant, tend, and harvest your crops. You get sleep, and make offspring, tools, and clothes during the cold weather.

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