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Schwarzenegger and Sacramento Republicans Look at Reforming Meal Period Rules

The California Legislature has once again missed its budget deadline. This is more of an annual tradition than news. But this year the deficit is particularly large and the resulting budget fight will therefore be especially brutal. For example, state Republicans want to put everything on the table, including non-budget items such as a reform of meal break rules. According to the LA Times, “GOP lawmakers hope to use their leverage over the state budget, which cannot pass without some of their votes, to roll back landmark policies implemented by Democrats,” such as “rules dictating when employers must provide lunch breaks for workers.”

But don’t bet the ranch on this particular reform. Democrats have a prohibitive lock on the Legislature and meal breaks have become a high-profile issue backed by unions, consumer attorneys and other key constituent groups.
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