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From Sylvia Goodman: Another bill to strip Kentucky worker protections advances in legislature

Berry Craig
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Employers wouldn’t have to provide meal or rest breaks, pay employees for travel time or provide seventh day overtime under a bill that passed a House committee Wednesday.


Several pieces of legislation to erode worker’s protections in Kentucky have begun moving through the legislative process this year, including a bill to allow teenagers to work longer and later hours.

Another measure in that surge of legislation cleared a committee vote Wednesday. House Bill 500 would strip Kentucky’s meal and rest break protections as well as seventh-day overtime.

Both bills would weaken Kentucky labor laws, stripping them down to the minimum requirements of federal law. They also share a sponsor, Republican Rep. Phillip Pratt from Georgetown.

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