Tennessee Legislators Consider Changes to State Lunch Break Laws

by Staff Blogger | January 22nd, 2014

January 22, 2014

One of the most important tools in keeping United States workers safe while on-the-job is ensuring employees are not overworked and get plenty of rest. The Nashville Personal Injury Lawyers with Ponce Law explain this is precisely why controversy is swirling around a proposed change to Tennessee employment law.

According to a story from WBIR 10 News, a bill being considered by state legislators would allow for employees who work a shift longer than six hours to waive their right to a 30-minute lunch break that is currently required by law. Last year, a law was passed that exempted employees who work for tips, such as wait staff and bartenders, to forgo the break.

Those in favor of the change say it could improve worker morale by giving employees more options, such as getting off 30-minutes early. Opponents of the reform say it not only puts workers at a greater danger of injury due to mistakes that are made because of a lack of a break, but also opens the doors for employers to find ways to force workers into skipping breaks. Such requirements could also lead to Tennessee Wage Disputes.

Debate in the matter is expected to continue through the current legislative session.

The attorneys with Michael D. Ponce & Associates encourage citizens to share their opinions with their state congressmen.