We all know that HR is never dull, but sometimes it can get downright strange...
Virginia workers get religion
When word got around that Virginia lawmakers had mistakenly resurrected a
"day of rest" law for all employees, it took no time for workers across
the state to begin telling bosses they wanted Sundays off--for religious
purposes, of course.
The Associated Press reports that supermarkets, manufacturers, restaurants,
and home-improvement stores were among the employers that reported receiving
the requests in the past week.
The goof occurred when lawmakers approved a bill meant to abolish outdated
blue laws, which forbid Sunday business operations. The bill also wiped out
language in another part of the state code that protected a variety of businesses
from "day of rest" laws. Dating back to colonial times, such laws
allowed workers to request off on their chosen day of worship--Sunday in
many cases, but possibly Saturday, according to the Daily Press of Hampton Roads,
By the time the mistake was discovered, it was too late to prevent the bill
from becoming law July 1. By that time, employers and employees alike knew what
had happened. At Professional Hospitality Resources, which operates eight Virginia
Beach hotels, requests for Sundays off began coming from housekeeping and front-office
staff, said Ken Taylor, the company's executive vice president.
"They found the Lord quickly, when it worked," Taylor said wryly.
But Eugene Garner, employee of a Home Depot store in Richmond, told the AP
that he had asked for Sundays off in the past so he could attend church but
had been denied. "If it sticks, it will be the answer to my prayers,"
he said of the new law.
That appears unlikely, however. Gov. Mark R. Warner has summoned the General
Assembly to return Tuesday to correct the bill.