Entries in Lunch (3)


Designer Debuts $290 Paper Lunch Bag

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- Fashion shows are always an excuse for excess, and a new offering from designer Jil Sander has that description in the bag: it's a paper lunch bag that costs nearly 300 bucks.

The Daily Mail unveiled pictures of the bag, which comes in peanut brown or jet black.

If the bag's stitched seams, coated paper and designer logo aren't rich enough for your tastes, Sander also offers a black leather lunch bag for $630.

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AT&T Workers in Indiana Claim Lunch Break Violations

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Workers for AT&T in Indiana claim in a lawsuit that they are forced to endure odd and punitive lunch break restrictions such as a ban on napping after eating a ham sandwich.

According to a class action suit filed by 11 employees against AT&T Midwest, the telecommunications company has forced technicians to endure “heavy restrictions” on their unpaid lunch break or risk discipline.

According to the suit, employees allege the telecom company allows them to eat packed lunches in vehicles during unpaid lunch hours, but not spend the remainder of the lunch break reading newspapers, napping, or using personal computers or music players in vehicles.  Workers also are barred from idling vehicles for air conditioning or heat during lunch.  Manhole workers must stay and guard the area during lunch break; they cannot go more than one-half mile from one assigned job to another for lunch or face discipline.

“AT&T is committed to full compliance with all federal and state laws, including the wage and hour laws, and has received numerous awards for being an employer of choice,” Marty Richter, a spokesperson for AT&T, said in a statement to ABC News.

Kimberly Jeselskis, an attorney for the plaintiffs, responded in a statement to ABC News: “Obviously my clients disagree with that statement since we filed this case and there’s a companion case currently pending in Wisconsin detailing the same issues.”

The lawsuit, first posted on Courthouse News, continues, “the company’s restrictions on movement and activities during the unpaid lunch break and its productivity measurement system put pressure on the technicians to work through all or part of the lunch break without pay (rather than sitting in a potentially cold or overheated vehicle doing nothing).”

The lawsuit alleges violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act by “treating the time allocated to the technicians so-called meal breaks, AT&T has failed to pay the technicians time and a half for all such hours worked in excess.”   The lawsuit alleges violation of Indiana wage laws and violation of Indiana record-keeping laws.

The suit is seeking to have the unpaid lunch break deemed illegal under the FLSA and state law, payment of attorney fees and damages.

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Coffee, Lunch Spending Tops Tax Refunds

Gerald Zanetti/FoodPix(NEW YORK) -- Want to save $2,000 a year? Pack your lunch. Wanna save another grand? Fill a thermos with coffee while you’re at it.

The average amount working Americans spend on coffee and lunch is more than the average tax return refund they will receive, with two-thirds of American workers buying their lunches, according to a survey by Accounting Principals, a staffing and recruitment firm. The average spent on lunch alone is $37 a week, or $2,000 a year.

The survey found noticeable workplace spending differences by gender and age. Men spend $46.50 a week while women spend $26.50 on lunches.

Americans spend more money on their lunches than on their commuting costs, which was an average of $123 a month, or $1,500 a year.

Accounting Principals asked Braun Research to conduct a telephone survey of 1,000 employed Americans, 18 and older, from Dec. 22 to 27. The survey found men tend to purchase and spend more on coffee than women, 54 percent and 45 percent, respectively.

Half of Americans buy coffee regularly at work, spending more than $20 a week, or $1,000 a year. Younger professionals ages 18 to 34 spend nearly twice as much on coffee -- $24.74 -- during the week than those ages 45 and up -- $14.15.

The average tax refund in 2011 was $2,913, according to Yahoo! Finance.

Americans are not planning to use their year-end bonuses on food or drink, however. The survey found 57 percent of employed Americans plan to use their year-end bonus to pay off debt.

And, according to the survey, one-third of employees have a financial goal of bringing their lunch to work in 2012.

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