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http://www.lasvegassun.com/sunbin/stories/nat-gen/2004/jul/01/070107664.html

It looks like Virginia messed up.

From the article: "Because of a legislative oversight, a new Virginia law requires businesses to give workers Saturdays or Sundays off if they want it, alarming some businesses with weekend and round-the-clock shifts to cover."

Again: "So as of Thursday, the start of the state's fiscal year, all non-management employees can choose Sunday or Saturday - if that is their day of Sabbath - as their rest day. A worker who "conscientiously believes" that Saturday should be observed as the Sabbath must provide written notice to the employer."

This might be good news for Jewish and Seventh-day Adventist employees who work weekends. With more people in this country who recognize Sunday as the sabbath, those who choose Saturday off might be able to command more pay. But they'd better submit that in writing ...

And again: "Democratic Gov. Mark Warner, who signed the bill into law, said he would support legislation in the January session that would fix the bill retroactively."

What's with the retroactive legislation?

And one more: "If the governor has a problem with a bill he signed, he should call a special session and get it fixed," - Tim Martaugh, spokesman for Attorney General Jerry Kilgore

Well, at least Martaugh/Kilgore's suggestion is reasonable. Until then, businesses will just have to deal with the effects of this bad legislation.

Sorry, Virginia. Just because you and I believe in the Sabbath doesn't give us the right to enforce its observance.
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