Local and state governments across the country are considering legislation and regulation on employee scheduling. A handful of cities and one state have already put rules in place and others are expected to do so sometime in the future. What is this ordinance called? Fair Work Week.
Fair Work Week
Currently, the Fair Work Week ordinance has passed in San Francisco, CA; Emeryville, CA; Seattle, WA; New York City, NY; and the state of Oregon. Chicago and Philadelphia seem to be next in line, and it is possible other cities and states will follow. While the details differ between jurisdictions and industries, the intent is consistent – provide hourly workers with more predictable and fair schedules.
Employee Rights under the Scheduling Law
There are several rules and expectations under the new scheduling law that employers must follow to stay compliant:
- Schedule posting for employees must be as much as two weeks in advance
- Employers must pay premiums for schedule changes and cannot require attendance with short notice
- Employers may also have to provide a scheduling estimate to new hires and offer new shifts to current employees before hiring
- Employees are protected from workplace retaliation for expressing a scheduling preference to management
As employers, it is important to stay abreast of these scheduling laws in order to remain in-compliance. For more information regarding laws in your jurisdiction, please follow one of the links below:
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