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Predictable Scheduling Laws: The Next Trend in Workplace Regulations

Sep 27, 2016 / Media Coverage
Editor's Note: Mayor Ed Murray signed Seattle's bill on Sept. 29. ) Inconsistent work-scheduling practices—such as "just-in-time" or on-call scheduling—in the retail and restaurant industries have led some cities to pass or consider laws that provide more stability for workers. On-call scheduling allows employers to staff at levels that correspond to daily customer traffic and fill any gaps caused by workers who call in sick or make other last-minute changes to their schedules. However, advocates for predictable scheduling laws say that on-call scheduling negatively impacts low-wage earners...
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New York groups advocate to end on-call schedules

Sep 11, 2016 / Media Coverage
A coalition of New York-based advocates on Tuesday launched a national campaign to press large retailers, restaurant chains and other companies to end on-call and last-minute scheduling, which allows companies to assign shifts to workers with only a few hours’ notice. The campaign follows recent agreements by several large retailers with New York’s attorney general to end the practice in that state. The Center for Popular Democracy, the Rockefeller Foundation and the online organization Purpose are calling for scheduling at least two weeks in advance, eliminating on-call assignments that...
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Group calls for ending on-call and last-minute work scheduling

Sep 6, 2016 / Media Coverage
A coalition of advocates launched a national campaign Tuesday to press large retailers, restaurant chains and other companies to end on-call and last-minute scheduling, which allows companies to assign shifts to workers with only a few hours' notice. The New York-based campaign follows recent agreements by several large retailers with New York's attorney general to end the practice in that state. The Center for Popular Democracy, the Rockefeller Foundation and the online organization Purpose are calling for scheduling at least two weeks in advance, thereby eliminating on-call assignments that...
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Worker schedules should be more predictable, Warren says

Jul 20, 2016 / Media Coverage
BOSTON (AP) — US Senator Elizabeth Warren is pushing a bill aimed at making the lives of workers more predictable by discouraging companies from waiting until the last minute to announce changes in employee schedules. The Democrat met with workers Monday in Boston to discuss the legislation, which she refiled last week. She said the bill addresses what she called unpredictable scheduling practices like placing workers ‘‘on-call’’ with no guarantee of work hours, scheduling them for ‘‘split shifts’’ of nonconsecutive hours, sending workers home early without pay when demand is low, and...
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A Federal Court Is Taking A Closer Look At On-Call Shifts At Victoria’s Secret

Feb 25, 2016 / Media Coverage
Should store workers whose shifts are cancelled at the last minute still be paid something? A court will soon decide. The court system is one step closer to deciding whether retailers should compensate store workers whose call-in shifts are cancelled at the last minute. Victoria’s Secret and lawyers for two of its ex-employees finished submitting briefings this week to a federal appeals court, as part of a lawsuit centered around on-call scheduling. The core question at hand is whether workers whose shifts are cancelled by phone — often within hours of starting time — are covered under a...
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The End of On-Call Scheduling?

Oct 23, 2015 / Media Coverage
Six major U.S. retailers have either already scrapped the practice or are planning to soon. Retailers have been under intense pressure from labor groups, regulators , and their own employees to end on-call scheduling—the practice in which shift workers are called to work on short notice, and are often uncompensated if it turns out to be a slow day. On Friday, New York attorney-general Eric Schneiderman’s office announced that J.Crew will end on-call scheduling nationwide this month. The retailer joins Urban Outfitters, Abercrombie & Fitch, Bath & Body Works, Gap, and Victoria’s Secret...
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When Bosses Schedule Hours That Just Don’t Work

Sep 1, 2015 / Media Coverage
Gap announced last week that it would soon end the practice of on-call scheduling, which requires workers to call in before a shift to see if they are needed. By the beginning of next year, the company’s five brands — Athleta, Banana Republic, Gap, Intermix and Old Navy — will give employees at least 10 to 14 days’ notice of their schedules. Gap follows Abercrombie & Fitch, Starbucks and Victoria’s Secret in promising to end on-call scheduling. It took strong public and regulatory pressure to get the companies to change, but change they have. Unfortunately, unpredictable scheduling is...
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren holds roundtable on bill that would add scheduling protections, 'on call' pay

Jul 20, 2015 / Media Coverage
Supporters of a U.S. Senate bill aimed at providing and protecting flexible schedules for low-income workers say the legislation is also good for businesses. Robert Everts, co-president of Equal Exchange coffee co-op, said allowing flexible schedules builds worker loyalty. "We acknowledge the basic reality that workers have lives outside of work," he said while standing outside an Equal Exchange café, located across the street from TD Garden. Everts, whose company employs 150 people nationwide, was joined on Monday by U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who is pushing the legislation that calls for...
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Elizabeth Warren wants to tell businesses how to schedule their workers

Jul 16, 2015 / Media Coverage
In the name of fairness, congressional Democrats introduced a bill Wednesday that would put significant restrictions on how employers schedule their employees. “This bill is about basic fairness,” Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren said in a statement. “A single mom should know if her hours are being canceled before she arranges for daycare and drives halfway across town to show up at work.” Nearly 80 lawmakers out of the House and Senate introduced the measure. The Schedules That Work Act will add restrictions on how employers can schedule their employees. If passed, it would ban employers...
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