OLYMPIA – Washington State is considering a bill mandating that certain store and restaurant workers receive at least two weeks of advance notice and at least 10-hour rests between closing and opening shifts.
TRENTON, NJ – Sen. Loretta Weinberg and co-sponsor Sen. Nia Gill introduced the New Jersey Fair Workweek Act (SB 921), which aims to curtail "unfair and discriminatory scheduling practices" by regulating advance notice and adequate rest between shifts, and requiring employers to pay for on-call or cancelled shifts. The Shift Project finds that unstable schedules are the norm in New Jersey, and can impact workers' ability to care for their children, attend school, and stay healthy.
The Shift Project released a new research brief documenting the work experiences of retail and food service workers in New Jersey. The majority of those surveyed experience schedule instability and unpredictability, which create hardships and stress for workers and their families. Shift researchers also found possible negative associations between schedule insecurity and worker health. The research brief draws on survey data from 1,996 service sector workers in New Jersey.
SACRAMENTO – California lawmakers are considering a bill to curtail unstable and unpredictable schedules for hourly workers. State Senator Connie Leyva (D-Chino) introduced SB 850, also called the "Fair Scheduling Act of 2020," which would compensate workers for on-call shifts and for shift cancellation without notice. Shift Co-Director Daniel Schneider points to the gap in scheduling practices for workers of color (particularly women of color) compared to their white counterparts as a particularly concerning aspect of just-in-time scheduling.
Brigid Schulte plumbs the depths of just-in-time scheduling research in this piece for Washington Monthly. "Despite the scope of the problem, Schneider and Harknett quickly realized that there was no data about what was going on. 'We're so focused on wages in our labor-force surveys in the United States,' Schneider said. 'This is different. This is about time.'"
SEATTLE, WA – The Shift Project's evaluation of Seattle's Secure Scheduling Ordinance was released this week as part of a joint report published by the West Coast Poverty Center at the University of Washington. Researchers found that workers experienced more advance notice after the law was implemented, but did not find significant impacts related to the provisions for on-call shifts, cancellations and "clopenings." Seattle was one of the first cities in the nation to pass a fair workweek law.
Presidential hopeful Senator Elizabeth Warren unveiled a fair workweek plan which would require at least two weeks' notice of schedules, compensation for last-minute changes, and greater access to paid leave and retirement benefits.
Senator Elizabeth Warren is bringing fair scheduling to the campaign trail. Warren's Schedules That Work Act, introduced last month, and her latest proposal, the Part-Time Workers Bill of Rights, aim to curtail just-in-time scheduling. Warren cited The Shift Project's research, including findings that 80% of retail and food-service workers had “little to no input” into their work schedules, and that one in four workers were required to remain available for “on-call” shifts.
WASHINGTON, DC – Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) introduced the Part-Time Worker Bill of Rights Act to boost protections for part-time workers. The bill includes an access-to-hours provision which complements Sen. Warren's Schedules That Work Act, reintroduced in October 2019.
There is little existing research highlighting erratic schedules in NV. And yet, 333,000 Nevadans work in leisure & hospitality, a sector greatly impacted by unstable scheduling practices. That's 21.8% of the workforce—twice the national average. "It's not hard to imagine how this traps people and gets in the way of trying to better your circumstances in the long term," said Kristen Harknett.