On August 8, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed legislation making Oregon the first state to set fair scheduling requirements for employers in certain industries [S.B. 828, L. 2017]. Several cities have already enacted similar laws, including Emeryville, New York City, Seattle, and San Francisco. Most provisions of the law are set to take effect July 1, 2018.
Covered employers include retail, hospitality, and food services establishments that employ 500 or more employees worldwide.
Employers must provide employees with:
- Good faith estimates of employee work schedules
- Advance notice of the work schedule (at least seven calendar days)
- The right to rest between work shifts
- Compensation for work schedule changes (under certain circumstances)
Notice and Recordkeeping Requirements, Enforcement
The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries will enforce the law and will develop a template for a notice poster that must be displayed at the workplace. The poster may be distributed electronically to employees who work remotely. An employer must maintain records that document compliance with the law for three years. Employers will be subject to penalties of up to $500 and $1,000 for certain violations under the law, effective January 1, 2019.
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