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S. 2937 (116th): Treating Workers with Dignity Act of 2019

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“Give me a break.” Should federal law require it?

Context and what the bill does

There is no federal law requiring a “rest period” for restroom breaks. Although many states have restroom break provisions or meal break provisions under state law, not all of them do.

The Treating Workers With Dignity Act would mandate employees be provided with restroom and meal breaks, as well as medical breaks when necessary.

Specifically, any employee working at least six hours would be granted a 30-minute meal break, broadly in line with existing state laws in most states. And any employee working at least four hours would be allowed a restroom break at least once every four hours, also broadly in line with most existing state laws.

It was introduced in the Senate on ...

Sponsor and status

Brian Schatz

Sponsor. Senior Senator for Hawaii. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Nov 21, 2019
Length: 5 pages
Nov 21, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on November 21, 2019, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.


2 Cosponsors (2 Democrats)



Nov 21, 2019

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S. 2937 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 2937. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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