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State Representative Jason Conger of Bend is getting unanimous support for the first bill he carried as a State Representative. Yesterday he won support for House Bill 2240 that would allow restaurant workers in Bend and across the state to voluntarily waive their breaks in order to earn more tip money. The current system allows for servers to opt out of their half hour breaks, but it's scheduled to sunset. Conger says he knows the “Food-Server Bill isn't going to 'save our economy' but it can help: "But the fact of the matter is, some of those smaller changes that we can make have an impact. If the food server earns a little bit more money, and you spread that out over 20,000 people; number one they can support their families better and I think we'd all be grateful for that right now: number two its one less intrusion of government into decisions that individuals can make better for themselves."  Conger says the measure also protects the servers by stopping employers from coercing their servers into waiving breaks.  Employers who violate the law could face a fine of $2000 each time they force an employee to skip their break.

 

 

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