New Hampshire Law Makers Support Bill to End Work Lunch Breaks
Since joining the work force, the concept of a lunch break is something that’s rather arbitrary. There’s no enforcer of said breaks and the designated area to eat lunch at work is one of the places I avoid most — basically, the complete opposite of high school.
But we’re entitled to that lunch, aren’t we? Yes! The law says so. It’s my choice to eat a Cold Cut Combo at my desk while I watch YouTube. It’s my lunch break, dammit.
But some lawmakers in New Hampshire wanted to change that with a bill that would get rid of the mandatory lunch break after five hours of work. Why, you ask?
20-year-old representative Kyle Jones’ explanation:
This is an unneeded law. 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.
I’d love to roast Jones, who said he’s flipped burgers at Burger King and has worked as a supervisor (we’re assuming at the BK), but Stephen Colbert’s take on it is far more interesting and hilarious than anything I have to write. Fast forward to the 2:20-mark:
When grilled by fellow lawmakers, the sponsor of the bill JR Hoell said “I’m not a labor expert, so please forgive me.” Yet he felt compelled to propose the bill?
And we wonder why we’re frustrated with our elected officials?
Bottom line is this: Don’t mess with my lunch. It’s all we have most days.
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