Dallas considers ordinance requiring construction firms to provide breaks for workers

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Proposal reacts to study indicating one-third of workers get no rest breaks, two-thirds don't get water.

September 18, 2014

The Dallas City Council recently considered an ordinance requiring construction companies to provide 10 minutes of rest for every four hours of work, along with giving workers access to drinking water. Meaningful penalties would be in place for violators. Some council members spoke against too much regulation; others framed it as a basic human right. A research project with Dallas construction workers found that one-in-three get no rest breaks and two-in-three said they were not provided drinking water.

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