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Dear Abby: My boss says I can leave work but California won't let mePosted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on June 4, 2008
Even Labor unions can't use collective bargaining to negotiate alternative meal schedules under the existing Statute. If you are a non-exempt employee you are stuck in a centuries-old work schedule environment. If you are an employer, allowing any efficiencies that benefit the worker's schedule opens your company to litigation, forcing you to police your own workforce.
Some have called it "Rest when it's best" policy. Some call it "Meal and Rest flexibility". Some call it "Comprehensive reform for meal periods rules". Some call it "Catching up with our 21st Century work environments". Let's just call it FAIR. Fair to both worker and employer ... and absolutely necessary in today's intensely competitive, and information technology driven, workplace.
Industries and employees are demanding a fix to this stringent regulation and there was a seminal acknowledgement of the problem two months ago in the State Senate Labor Committee, but the negotiations quickly fell apart. It's time for California to provide the flexibility our workers need. Help.
Original industry support letter for SB 1539
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