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#1323730 --- 02/09/12 02:23 AM N.H. Lunch free work
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Brilliant quote: "I don’t think that abusive behavior would continue." Yeah, in this job market? Yeah, right.


New Hampshire Republicans Propose Bill To Eliminate Workers’ Lunch Breaks
By Pat Garofalo on Feb 8, 2012 at 3:00 pm
New Hampshire’s GOP legislature has come up with all manner of absurd bills recently, including a proposal making public school curriculum optional, another to prevent police from protecting domestic abuse victims, and even a measure mandating that new laws be based on the Magna Carta. Some of the Granite State’s GOP lawmakers have even proposed doing away with the law that requires employers to give their workers time off for lunch, under the rationale that all employers will simply grant lunch breaks out of the goodness of their hearts:
“This is an unneeded law,” [Republican state Representative Kyle Jones] said. “If I was to deny one of my employees a break, I would be in a very bad position with the company’s human resources representative. If you consider that this is a very easy law to follow in that everyone already does it, then why do we need it? Our constituents have already proven that they have enough common sense to do this on their own.”
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 forced to 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 workers tens of thousands of dollars for forcing them to skip breaks.
“The fact that in 2012, I would be even sitting in front of the Labor Committee talking about eliminating the lunch hour is outrageous,” said Mark MacKenzie, New Hampshire’s state AFL-CIO representative. “People should at least be able to be given the opportunity to eat.” Fortunately, the bill does not seem too appealing to most of the New Hampshire legislature, and the state House’s labor committee adjourned yesterday without voting on it.
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#1323734 --- 02/09/12 02:31 AM Re: N.H. Lunch free work [Re: twocats]
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In the "Live Free or Die" state.

How fitting.
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#1323736 --- 02/09/12 02:37 AM Re: N.H. Lunch free work [Re: Ayuveda]
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I read an article somewhere that the Koch brothers had dozens of little fires they plan on starting this year, just to keep the unions distracted from their real objectives.

No power for the people without billions. Even the unions with their hundreds of millions can't compete.
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#1323746 --- 02/09/12 02:52 AM Re: N.H. Lunch free work [Re: twocats]
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You may be right.

But.



Living Resistance: The battle has just begun


CARLOS VERA/REUTERS

07 Feb 2012
"The rat-bastard Capitalist scum who are telling you to “reach out and touch someone” with a telephone or “be there!” (where? Alone in front of a goddam television??) — these lovecrafty suckers are trying to turn you into a scrunched-up blood-drained pathetic crippled little cog in the death-machine of the human soul (and lets not have any theological quibbles about what we mean by “soul”!).

Fight them by meeting with friends, not to consume or produce, but to enjoy friendship and you will have triumphed (at least for a moment) over the most pernicious conspiracy in EuroAmerican society today — the conspiracy to turn you into a living corpse galvanized by prosthesis and the terror of scarcity …

… to turn you into a spook haunting your own brain."

- Hakim Bey
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#1323875 --- 02/09/12 06:25 PM Re: N.H. Lunch free work [Re: twocats]
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Originally Posted By: twocats
Brilliant quote: "I don’t think that abusive behavior would continue." Yeah, in this job market? Yeah, right.


New Hampshire Republicans Propose Bill To Eliminate Workers’ Lunch Breaks
By Pat Garofalo on Feb 8, 2012 at 3:00 pm
New Hampshire’s GOP legislature has come up with all manner of absurd bills recently, including a proposal making public school curriculum optional, another to prevent police from protecting domestic abuse victims, and even a measure mandating that new laws be based on the Magna Carta. Some of the Granite State’s GOP lawmakers have even proposed doing away with the law that requires employers to give their workers time off for lunch, under the rationale that all employers will simply grant lunch breaks out of the goodness of their hearts:
“This is an unneeded law,” [Republican state Representative Kyle Jones] said. “If I was to deny one of my employees a break, I would be in a very bad position with the company’s human resources representative. If you consider that this is a very easy law to follow in that everyone already does it, then why do we need it? Our constituents have already proven that they have enough common sense to do this on their own.”
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 forced to 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 workers tens of thousands of dollars for forcing them to skip breaks.
“The fact that in 2012, I would be even sitting in front of the Labor Committee talking about eliminating the lunch hour is outrageous,” said Mark MacKenzie, New Hampshire’s state AFL-CIO representative. “People should at least be able to be given the opportunity to eat.” Fortunately, the bill does not seem too appealing to most of the New Hampshire legislature, and the state House’s labor committee adjourned yesterday without voting on it.


Is there a mandatory lunch break law in NY. I have a friend that during certain times chooses to forgoe his lunch break so he can get out of work earlier, and I believe that quite a few people take advantage of that. I guess if the he worked in NH and the company did things like that for it's workers they would be breaking the law.

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#1323878 --- 02/09/12 06:34 PM Re: N.H. Lunch free work [Re: cwjga]
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When you allow a goverment the power to mandate lunch breaks you are also allowing them the power to take them away. It will always boil down to the personal whims/beliefs/views of those in charge.

The key is to not allow the government to have that much power in the first place.
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#1323881 --- 02/09/12 06:45 PM Re: N.H. Lunch free work [Re: Zealot]
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I agree, I guess there are a lot of people that believe they need to be told what to do.

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