Thursday, September 8, 2016

Could Fair Scheduling Legislation Be Coming to Seattle?

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PNN: Seattle Fair Scheduling

In August, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray released a proposal that would, if enacted, require employers to provide predictable, flexible schedules for employees. The proposal would ensure that employees would have the right to rest between shifts and would require employers to provide predictability pay for erratic scheduling.

Which Employers Would Be Affected?
The proposal would apply to retail and fast food service establishments with more than 500 employees worldwide and to full-service restaurants with more than 500 employees and 40 full-service locations worldwide.

Key Requirements

  • Employers would be required to provide two weeks advance notice of the work schedule to employees;
  • Non-voluntary additions or subtractions to the work schedule would require employers to provide predictability pay to employees;
  • Employers would be required to provide good faith estimates of employee hours to the employee at the time of hire;
  • 10 hours of rest between closing and opening shifts would be required;
  • Employees would receive half-time pay for any shift they are on call for but do not get called in to work; and
  • Employer notice to current employees of additional hours would be required before hiring additional staff.

What's Next?
The proposal will be considered by a committee of the Seattle City Council before it goes to the full council for a vote.

Read PayState Update #17 for more information on the proposed legislation.