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Whole Foods slashes some workers' paid breaks to 10 minutes
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Some Whole Foods employees are pushing back on a policy change that will limit their paid breaks to 10 minutes.
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The change, which was reported by CBS and Vice, will reportedly affect Whole Foods stores in Southern California, the Mid-Atlantic, the Midwest and the South. Previously, employees in these areas were allocated 15-minute breaks.
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A Whole Foods employee, who wished to remain anonymous, told Vice that the new policy comes as "just another insult from corporate."
Likewise, the Twitter account, Whole Worker Union, criticized the policy, claiming the shortened time includes "coming and returning from the break room."
However, a Whole Foods spokesperson confirmed to FOX Business that the updated policy "will provide the vast majority of Team Members with more break time throughout their workday" and earlier in the day after factoring in other rest and meal breaks. This, however, will depend on the length of their shift. Beyond that, Whole Foods didn't specify how this policy will allow for more breaks.
The change was intended to create one uniform break time policy and will not change the length of any employee's work shift or their pay, according to Whole Foods.
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Despite employee frustrations, "Whole Foods is not violating the law by making a policy change so long as that change is compliant with federal law and the law of each state," trial attorney Misty Marris told FOX Business.