New Hampshire Republicans Want to Eliminate Employee Lunch Breaks

| by Michael Allen

New Hampshire GOP state representative J.R. Hoell has proposed a new bill that would end a current law that requires employers to give their workers time off for lunch.

Rep. Hoell told the Concord Monitor that if employees are denied a lunch break, under his proposed law, then they could simply get even via social media: “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."

Republican state Representative Kyle Jones added: “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.”

However, Mark MacKenzie, New Hampshire’s state AFL-CIO representative, pushed back, saying: “The fact that in 2012, I would be even sitting in front of the Labor Committee talking about eliminating the lunch hour is outrageous. People should at least be able to be given the opportunity to eat.”