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Governor Drops Plans To Change Lunch Break Rule

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger´s Labor and Workforce Development Agency dropped a proposal today to revise state laws governing how and when workers can take their lunch break.

The year-old proposal was aimed at widening the period of time in which workers could take their lunch breaks and thus give employers more options for staffing. Labor groups argued the administration was trying to undermine worker rights.

The action comes in the wake of $172million judgment an Oakland jury awarded to thousands of current and former California employees of Wal-Mart. Wal-mart was found to have illegally denied workers their lunch breaks.