State officials, citing the goal of protecting workers, are enforcing the portion of the blue laws that bans stores from staying open on certain holidays - including Thanksgiving. Protecting retail workers is a noble impulse. But in reality, the blue laws are creating nothing but a minor inconvenience; stores are planning to adjust by simply opening at 12:30 a.m. instead of 12. If state officials really want to help employees whose holidays are encroached upon, they could take steps to guarantee them overtime pay for what still amounts to a holiday shift.
Editorial | BLACK FRIDAY
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