Selecting a new pope isn’t the only thing that the church is making headlines for. A Los Angeles archdiocese has reached a settlement for $9.9 million over a child molestation lawsuit. Michael Baker, a former priest, was found guilty for abusing young boys on overnight trips in and around San Diego in the 1970’s and 1980’s. Read more
What had started out in 2010 as an investigation to make sure “what is on the label is what’s actually in the can” finally ended on August 3 in a settlement for California residents. An increase in consumer complaints regarding the lack of tuna provided by the three major tuna companies Bumble Bee Foods, Tri-Union Seafood, and Starkist Co. has resulted in a $3.3 million settlement. The investigation was conducted by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). Their research shows that these companies have been skimping on the actual amount of tuna held within the cans. All three companies have failed to meet the federal “standard of fill” or “standard of identity.” Instead they disguised the packed cans with oil, water, vegetable broth, and sometimes tuna.
The California State Supreme Court issued a decision today to define employers’ obligations concerning their employees’ mealtime. Some confusion was inherent in California’s meal break laws, which state that employers must give employees a 30-minute meal break per every 10-hour-or-fewer shift. Employers weren’t sure, however, whether employees must abstain from all work during the 30-minutes and whether it was the employers’ problem to ensure that they do. Today’s ruling makes it clear: employers must provide employees with the ability to take a 30-minute lunch break, but if an employee decides to work straight through anyway, well, that’s their prerogative.
So, employers are let off the hook and employees must be the ones to make sure they don’t overwork themselves. The pressure to meet deadlines and maximize performance won’t influence low-level employees’ “decisions” to skip lunch at all. Sounds like a step in the right direction. Full disclosure: I usually eat lunch and do a little work at my desk, so I might be biased. The whipping is a little much, but motivation is motivation!