Bills Introduced to Ease Thanksgiving, Christmas Impact on Employees of Retail Establishments

Yesterday on Thanksgiving I applauded those retailers that decided to close and give their employees  the day off for the holiday.

Today comes word that legislatures in two states have introduced bills to ease the impact on Thanksgiving and the Thanksgiving-Christmas shopping season on employees of these establishments.

A bill introduced in New Jersey would prohibit retail stores from opening before 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. State Senator Richard J. Codey (D) said his bill would protect low-income employees from having to miss Thanksgiving dinner to work.

Similar laws have passed in Rhode Island, Maine and Massachusetts.

“We already have a Black Friday,” Codey said. “We don’t need a Black Thursday.”

Legislation recently introduced by California Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D) would allow stores in that state to open on Thanksgiving and Christmas but make them pay their employees double their normal wage for working on that day.

Whether these bills pass or die on the vine, it’s refreshing to see lawmakers looking out for the interest of workers.

 

 

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