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Support Workers and Families Through Predictable Schedules

Not knowing when shifts will start or end, and having shifts added and cancelled without notice leads to near-impossible challenges for workers arranging childcare, getting to and from work, balancing work and school, and managing finances. Fair scheduling practices to give workers notice of changed or cancelled shifts provide workers and their families with needed predictability.

The National Landscape

Passed in:

Oregon, D.C.

Introduced in:

Arizona, California, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York (12), North Carolina, Rhode Island (12)

In The News

“'Sometimes the schedules aren’t available with enough time for me and my coworkers to know whether we have to work mandatory overtime, and that can make arranging child care a big challenge for many of us.'”
“'I felt kind of stuck, I couldn’t make plans,' said Ms. Muhammad, who said she was now assigned 25 hours a week.”

Partners

  • Workers
  • Families
  • Fair pay advocates

Opposition

  • Employers that don’t want to provide fair notice of schedules
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FAQ

Who does this help?
This proposal helps workers and their families by providing advance notice of work shifts and schedules. Not knowing your work schedule in advance or getting to work only to have schedules changed or reduced is incredibly challenging for any worker, and raises additional challenges for working parents coordinating work and childcare. Offering workers predictability in their schedules and earnings also helps employers by increasing employee stability and decreasing turnover.
Is this high-cost to the state?
There is no cost to the state for this proposal.

Model Policy

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