Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Reason Men HAVE to Watch Football on Sunday: It is Illegal to Work on Sunday in Kentucky.

Yeah, it's kind of funny and then it's kind of not.

There are a slew of exceptions (one particularly religious in nature) to the law.  But the law in Kentucky states that you are not to work on Sunday.  The religious nature of the law would almost certainly lead to its being declared Unconstitutional as a violation of the Establishment Clause (as discussed in the previous blog post "Boozy Like a Sunday Morning" which addressed alcohol sales on Sunday).

Anyway, the law states:

KRS 436.160   Working on Sunday  -- Work of necessity or charity, athletic games and certain businesses and employers excluded -- Penalty.
(1) Any person who works on Sunday at his own or at any other occupation or employs any other person, in labor or other business, whether for profit or amusement, unless his work or the employment of others is in the course of ordinary household duties, work of necessity or charity or work required in the maintenance or operation of a public service or public utility plant or system, shall be fined not less than two dollars ($2) nor more than fifty dollars ($50). The employment of every person employed in violation of this subsection shall be deemed a separate offense.
(2) Persons who are members of a religious society which observes as a Sabbath any other day in the week than Sunday shall not be liable to the penalty prescribed in subsection (1) of this section, if they observe as a Sabbath one (1) day in each seven (7).
(3) Subsection (1) of this section shall not apply to amateur sports, athletic games, or operation of grocery stores whose principal business is the sale of groceries and related food items, drug stores whose principal business is the sale of drugs and related drug items, gift shops, souvenir shops, fishing tackle shops and bait shops, moving picture shows, chautauquas,* filling stations, or opera.
(4) Subsection (1) of this section shall not apply to employers using continuous work scheduling provided that such scheduling permits at least one (1) day of rest each calendar week for each employee.

I'm just going to end it here.  This law really burns my toast, so I'm not even going to talk about why it is almost certainly unenforceable.  Feel free to call me and ask about it if you have more questions.

*This is an "educational arts fair/exhibition" type of thing.  And an airline.  I'm assuming both would be excluded from the application of subsection (1).

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