First, they came for your lunch break…

Who needs lunch anyway?

Who needs lunch anyway?

National Republicans feel that passing new laws isn’t important, unless they repeal on old one. Apparently, one Tennessee Republican is getting that message…and it may leave you with a hunger pang.

Sen. Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown) has introduced a bill that would repeal a law requiring lunch breaks in Tennessee. You can read the full text of the bill here.

If the bill passes, it doesn’t mean you don’t get a lunch break. It just means your employer can tell you that if you don’t want to take one (*wink, wink, nudge, nudge), and you don’t do you…you don’t have to.

Ahhh, sweet freedom….

But seriously. Democrats have a big problem with this, and rightfully so. The Legislature has already turned back the tide on all sorts of workplace protections. Making lunch “optional” (*wink, wink, nudge, nudge) means that some employees that opt in (and who in their right mind would do that without pressure) would be going eight hours without food.

Now I don’t know what kind of work you’re in, but I at least need a snack and a couple of minutes (read 2 15 min. breaks) to take it easy and reset my brain when I’m at work.

But since this is all proposed as “optional” (*wink, wink, nudge, nudge), neither employees nor employers have to opt in.

Which makes you wonder who’s driving the bus on this legislation? I mean, have employees been clamoring to give up their lunch breaks?

Are employers hurt by folks eating rather than shuffling around the office in a calorie deprived state?

I don’t think either of these things are the case.

And in a state that has a very high obesity rate, and knowing that skipping meals causes your body to STORE fat, it seems that while this might be a business friendly bill on the front end, the back end…ie. long term health in an already unhealthy state, might actually HURT businesses.

But good sense never stopped Kelsey from sponsoring a bill, so I’m sure this time won’t be any different.

Of course, it isn’t surprising that this bill isn’t an original thought from a guy that used to mail bacon to legislators he accused of wasteful spending.

Speaking of bacon…isn’t it about time for breakfast? I sure hope Kelsey doesn’t have some devious plan for that meal too…




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