The state of North Carolina is taking all the fun out of Monday’s solar eclipse for its employees, according to a memo sent to all state departments.
It’s for their own good, of course, officials say.
The memo, from the Office of State Human Resources, says workers for the state of North Carolina may not watch Monday’s solar eclipse during work hours, only on “an official break from job duties.”
Not only that, state agencies won’t be allowed to “encourage or endorse” any events—parties, perhaps?—geared toward watching the event, which will be total over parts of the state, and partially visible elsewhere.
In addition, they can’t go to any areas specifically to watch the event.
“It’s pretty self-explanatory,” says John R. Bogner Jr., director of the Division of Safety, Health & Workers’ Compensation in the Office of State Human Resources.
The state is also worried about the possibility that a worker who is injured during the eclipse, presumably by staring into the sun, while “in the course and scope of employment,” may “incur compensable work related injuries while doing so.”
The directive takes the same position the state Highway Patrol is taking, to put safety and health first, says Bogner, who sent out the email.
“We have an obligation to the taxpayers,” he says.…