A county council is set to ban thousands of employees from taking smoking breaks.
E-cigarettes will also be prohibited from being used in all council buildings, land and vehicles during working hours by Nottinghamshire County Council when new rules come into force in May.
The local authority, which approved the ruling on Wednesday, said the ban was aimed at boosting its workers’ health, increasing time spent working and reducing levels of sick leave.
I mean, really..?
Well, no. Note the weasel words ‘within working hours’:
Staff who wish to smoke will be allowed to do so during their breaks and away from council property.
See? Breaks can still be taken, the workers can still smoke on them off-premises.
That’s been the case in thousands of workplaces and offices up and down the country for years, hasn’t it?