KY Republican Committee Approves Bill Eliminating Right To Lunch Break

Kentucky Republicans are on a rampage against workers’ rights to breaks and overtime.

Newsweek reports:

“A bill that would repeal the right to a lunch break has been approved by a committee of the Kentucky state legislature.

The measure would also remove the right to 10-minute breaks if approved by the full Kentucky House of Representatives.

The bill would also would not have to pay minimum wage for anything that is not considered the “principal” work activity. That could include putting on a work uniform or other preparations.

It would also eliminate the need to pay time and a half overtime on the seventh consecutive day of work for people working at least 40 hours a week, as well as preventing employers from being punished for not paying minimum wage and overtime pay when employees travel to and from their place of work.

The Republican-led House Small Business and Information Technology Committee approved the measure in a partisan 9-4 vote on Wednesday.

The bill is sponsored by the committee’s chair, Republican Phillip Pratt, who owns a landscaping business called Pratt’s Lawn and Landscape.”

For the rest of the story, visit Newsweek here.

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