A National Repository of Resources on Job Scheduling Policy
Particularly in lower-wage jobs, unpredictable and unstable schedules are becoming the norm. This means that many workers receive their schedules at the last minute, days or hours before they are to work; have little input into their schedules; the timing of their shifts fluctuates from week-to-week; and the number of hours they receive (along with their paychecks) rises and falls unexpectedly. Many workers are juggling the demands of their jobs while also caring for families, working in second jobs, and going to school. For these workers, volatile scheduling practices make maintaining an already delicate balance of work, family, education, and more, nearly impossible. Their challenges have ripple effects, touching children, communities, and the economy.
This page is a national repository of resources related to scheduling issues, including the latest scheduling policy news, research, and legislative developments. To add your resources, please send us an email.
- News and Blogs
- ‘Retail Workers’ Bill of Rights’ filed by NC House Democrats ‘Retail Workers’ Bill of Rights’ filed by NC House Democrats
The News & Observer (March 15, 2017)
- Sen. Skindell Introduces Retail, Restaurant Employee Rights Act
Cleveland Patch (March 15, 2017)
- City ordinance affecting San Jose part-time workers' hours goes into effect today
Fox 2 (March 13, 2017)
- The Tyranny of a Fast-Food Schedule
New York Daily News (March 3, 2017)
- Fair scheduling: good for workers, good for business
Crains New York Business (March 2, 2017)
- Bills would halt irregular scheduling in Oregon's service industry
Statesman Journal (February 24, 2017)
- New report spotlights plight of Birmingham's single mothers
AL.com (February 23, 2017)
- Sen. Kennedy Calls for Fairness in Work Schedules
Guilford Patch (February 21, 2017)
- Unions in the Precarious Economy,
American Prospect (February 21, 2017)
- Worker power: A critical component of fair scheduling
Aspen Institue Blog (February 15, 2017)
- Here's How Being An On-Call Employee Really Affects Your Life (And Your Finances)
Forbes (January 23, 2017)
- These Cities Are at the Forefront of the Next Big Labor Struggle: the Fight for a Fair Workweek
The Nation (January 23, 2017)
- Low wages, irregular schedules of Oregon's 'in-demand' jobs call for new labor laws
The Oregonian (January 22, 2017)
- The conservative case for fair scheduling
Institute for Family Studies Blog (January 17, 2017)
- The brutal reality of retail schedules
NY Daily News (January 4, 2017)
- Apps empower workers, ease scheduling
Wall Street Journal (January 3, 2017)
- Retailers agree to early holiday gift for 50,000 on-call shift workers
USA Today (December 20, 2016)
- Unpredictable work schedule? Help may be coming
CBS News (December 20, 2016)
- Why retailers are moving away from ‘on-call’ shift scheduling
Christian Sciene Monitor (December 20, 2016)
- Who gets hurt when part-time work becomes the new normal
Washington Post (December 6, 2016)
- New York City Council to Consider Laws on Employee Hours, Scheduling Wall Street Journal
(December 6, 2016)
- A new post-recession normal: working part time, unwillingly CBS
(December 5, 2016)
- Last-Minute Schedule Changes? Some Cities Say Employers Must Pay Bloomberg Daily Labor Report
(December 1, 2016)
- What Trump Could do for Working Families
New York Times (November 29, 2016)
- Short turnaround between shifts may increase sick leave
The Globe and Mail (November 28, 2016)
- Local Governments Arrive on Schedule to Buttress Part-Time Workers
Wall Street Journal (November 26, 2016)
- Why Fair Scheduling Could Be Labor’s Next Big Fight
In These Times (November 25, 2016)
- ILO calls for equal treatment for workers
Recruiter (November 18, 2016)
- Walmart’s big green bet: local produce, “human dignity”
CBS News (November 4, 2016)
- How the Workplace Scheduling Bill Was 'Twisted, Perverted, and Mischaracterized'
Washington City Paper (November 3, 2016)
- D.C. Bill Would Stabilize Workers' Schedules
WUSA9 (November 3, 2016)
- Pearl: Measure E is doing well by doing good
Mercury News (November 2, 2016)
- After minimum wage changes, Bay Area workers push for ‘fair’ scheduling
East Bay Times (October 23, 2016)
- California’s Emeryville is third city to pass Fair Workweek policy
People's World (October 21, 2016)
- Portland City Council passes fair scheduling resolution
NW Labor Press (October 20, 2016)
- Another Victory for Workers in Seattle--This Time It's Their Schedules
Yes Magazine (October 14, 2016)
- How much is a worker-friendly schedule worth?
Marketplace (October 11, 2016)
- Editorial:Securing Scheduling Rules
The Register Guard (September 22, 2016)
- Predictable Schedules Are the New $15 Minimum Wage
The Atlantic (September 22, 2016)
- 'Flexible scheduling' shaping up as next big legislative work-place fight
The Oregonian (September 22, 2016)
- Will secure scheduling be the next labor movement to make its way to Tacoma?
The News Tribune (September 21, 2016)
- So Long to 'Fair Hours,' For Now
Washington City Paper (September 20, 2016)
- Seattle City Council approves worker-scheduling law
Seattle Times (September 20, 2016)
- In $15's Wake, Fair Scheduling Gains Momentum
American Prospect (September 20, 2016)
- The Wellness Industry Sleeps Thru the Predictable Scheduling and Clopening Debate
Linked In (September 19, 2016)
- Last-Minute Work Scheduling Is a Real Health Risk, Research Shows
Bloomberg (September 19, 2016)
- De Blasio Proposes Legislation to Benefit Fast Food Workers
Politico (September 15, 2016)
- Secure Scheduling Rules Look Likely to Get Council OK
The Stranger (September 14, 2016)
- New Scheduling Rules at Seattle’s Biggest Retailers and Restaurants Would Take Effect Summer 2017
Capitol Hill Seattle Blog (September 7, 2016)
- Group Calls for Ending On-Call and Last-Minute Work Scheduling
LA Times (September 6, 2016)
- Seattle Weighs Rules to Require Work Schedules in Advance
The Pueblo Chieftain (August 30, 2016)
- Worker Hours are More Unpredictable than Ever
Bloomberg (August 22, 2016)
- Seattle Workers Push for Secure and Predictable Schedules
Q13 Fox (August 9, 2016)
- Will Labor Scheduling Upgrades Make Walmart a Better Retailer?
Retail Wire (August 5, 2016)
- Walmart Boosting Morale by Revamping Work Schedules
USA Today (August 4, 2016)
- Should Restaurants Have to Pay Workers Extra for Schedule Changes and On-Call Shifts?
Capitol Hill Seattle (August 4, 2016)
- ICYMI: After Threats of Unionization, REI Workers Win Pay Raises
The Stranger (August 1, 2016)
- Unpredictable Work Hours and Income Take Their Toll
SF Chronicle (July 21, 2016)
- Airport Workers Vote to Strike in Philadelphia During Democratic National Convention
ABC News (July 13, 2016)
- Paid Family Leave, Scheduling Bills Will Have To Wait For The Fall
DCist (July 12, 2016)
- The District’s Scheduling Bill is No ‘Cockamamie’ Idea
The Washington Post (July 6, 2016)
- Orange Pushes Back Vote on Work Scheduling Bill
Washington City Paper (June 28, 2016)
- Why So Many TSA Workers are Leaving and How to Stop It
The Hill (June 28, 2016)
- San Jose City Leaders May Require Employers to Increase Hours for Part-Time Workers
ABC News (June 28, 2016)
- Bill Proposes Two Weeks of Advanced Notice for Shifts Among Major D.C. Retailers
Washington City Paper (June 23, 2016)
- Scheduling Restrictions Would Help Employees and Employers
Oregon Live (June 22, 2016)
- Study: People Who Work Irregular Schedules Face Serious Health Risks
Huffington Post (June 14, 2016)
- Homework Inequality: The Value of Having a Parent Around After School
The Atlantic, (June 6, 2016)
- Shift Work Unwinds Body Clocks, Leading to More Severe Strokes
Science Daily (June 1, 2016)
- Seattle Launches Survey to Study Livable Work Schedules
King 5, (May 31, 2016)
- ‘Clopening’ time: Seattle on the Clock for Secure Scheduling
Capitol Hill Seattle Blog, (May 26, 2016)
- Op-Ed on Secure Scheduling
Northwest Asian Weekly, (May 26, 2016)
- San Jose Will Study Measure to Boost Hours for Part-Time Employees
East Bay Times, (May 24, 2016)
- U.S. Problem: I Work Three Part-Time Jobs
CNN Money, (May 19, 2016)
- City Commissions Survey for Local Data on Scheduling Issues
Queen Anne News, (May 18, 2016)
- Empowering a Stronger Granite State Economy
1 Million for Work Flexibility, (May 9, 2016)
- Want a Great Gift for Moms? Try Giving Them Better Hours.
Talk Poverty, (May 7, 2016)
- California Bill Would Require Work Schedules Seven Days in Advance
CBS Sacramento (May 6, 2016)
- Part-Time Hours Cause Full-Time Hours for Working Moms
Motto (May 6, 2016)
- Seattle City Council Gathers Input For Possible Ordinance Targeting Erratic Work Schedules
KPLU 88.5, (April 28, 2016)
- New Jersey Bill Requires Notification to Employees of Schedule Changes 14 Days in Advance
Lexology, (April 27, 2016)
- Full-Time Hires Buck the Trend at Fast-Food, Retail Chains
Wall Street Journal, (April 26, 2016)
- New Initiative Aims To Give San Jose Workers More Hours
ABC News, (April 26, 2016)
- Silicon Valley Part-Time Workers File Petition to Work More Hours
SF Gate, (April 26, 2016)
- Underemployment a Continuing Problem for Silicon Valley
Silicon Valley Business Journal, (April 22, 2016)
- Workers' Next Big Fight: Fairer Scheduling
CBS News, (April 20, 2016)
- Attorneys General: On-Call Shifts Are Not a Business Necessity
CLASP, (April 15, 2016)
- What Follows the Fight for $15?
The Atlantic, (April 15, 2016)
- Karl Racine Joins Attorneys General In 8 States To Investigate Retailers That Use On-Call Schedules
DCist, (April 13, 2016)
- Regulators to Probe Controversial On-Call Scheduling
Wall Street Journal, (April 13, 2016)
- Flexible Schedules vs. Workers' Burdened Life
Wall Street Journal, (April 10, 2016)
- Bill to Establish “New Jersey Schedules That Work Act” Clears Assembly Panel
Politiker NJ, (April 4, 2016)
- Retail Workers Want 'Fair' Schedules
East Bay Express (March 30, 2016)
- The CEO of Starbucks Won’t Keep Promises to His Workers, but Wants an End to “Cynicism”
Quartz (March 24, 2016)
- As Workers Call for Fair Scheduling Practices, Businesses Claim Unpredictable Schedules Aren't Really a Problem
The Stranger (March 23, 2016)
- Starbucks Barista Darrion Sjoquist Talks to Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz
Working Washington (March 23, 2016)
- Starbucks CEO Put On the Spot About Workers’ Unpredictable Work Hours
Seattle Times (March 23, 2016)
- Starbucks Workers Confront Executives To Demand Scheduling Reform
Center for Popular Democracy (March 23, 2016)
- S.F. Bay Area City to Consider ‘Fair Workweek’ Policy
Equal Voice for Families (March 22, 2016)
- NH Bill Would Prevent Businesses From Retaliating Against Employees Needing Flexible Schedules
My Champlain Valley (March 17, 2016)
- The Gendered Effects of Part-Time Work
City Lab (March 14, 2016)
- How to Level the Playing Field for Working Families
Boston Globe (February 29, 2016)
- Worker Centers on Front Lines of Combatting Wage Theft
Workday Minnesota (February 22, 2016)
- Walmart is Rolling Out Big Changes to Worker Schedules This Year
Washington Post (February 17, 2016)
- Schedule Workers As You Would Have Them Schedule You
The Seattle Times (February 10, 2016)
- Seattle Council Members Want to Mandate 'Livable' Work Schedules
K5 (February 5, 2016)
- The City Council Might Actually Do Something About Unpredictable Scheduling for Low-Wage Workers [Seattle]
The Stranger (February 4, 2016)
- Giving Retail Workers the Gift of Standards for Job Schedules
Aspen Journal of Ideas (February 3, 2016)
- Package of Bills Address Women's Issues
WBAL (January 27, 2016)
- Ellison, City Leaders Advocate For Working Families Agenda
By Nate Gotlieb, South West Journal (January 21, 2016)
- Bill Would Force Restaurants & Retailers to Set Work Schedules 2 Weeks in Advance
By Eric Berman, WIBC (January 20, 2016)
- Why Fair Job Scheduling for Low-Wage Workers Is a Racial Justice Issue
By Liz Ben-Ishai, In These Times (January 19, 2016)
- Flexible Work Schedules for Parents
By Charles Siegal, New York Times (January 18, 2016)
- Martin O'Malley Brings Workers' Chaotic Schedules into the Presidential Race
By Bryce Covert, PC Mag (January 14, 2016)
- How Shift Scheduling Software Makes On-Call Shifts Obsolete
By Michelle Rafter, PC Mag (January 14, 2016)
- Proposed Laws Could Change Lives of D.C.'s Hourly Workers
By Abigail Hauslohner, Washington Post (January 13, 2016)
- Are Scheduling Bills Like D.C.'s Helpful or Meddlesome?
By Jon Steingart, Bloomberg BNA (January 13, 2016)
- Paid Family Leave Gets More Attention, but Workers Still Struggle
By Claire Miller, NY Times (January 7, 2016)
- State May Bar Local Governments From Regulating Work Schedules
By Dan Carden, NWI Times (January 6, 2016)
- Even a Conservative Think Tank Finds that Daycare Choices Blow for Workers With Nonstandard Hours
By Susan Gardner, Daily Kos (January 1, 2016)
- To see news and blogs from 2013-2015, click here
- Video and Audio Content
- "Shop ‘til Who Drops? Exploring Retail Jobs this Holiday Season" (full version) (clips)
- "Job Schedules & Public Policy in 2015 and 2016"
- "Unpredictable Work Schedules: A Growing Problem Fuels Support for Change"
- "Job Schedules & Public Benefits"
- "Fair Schedules A Good Deal for Employees and This Small Business"
- "Senator Elizabeth Warren Introduces the Schedules That Work Act"
- "Liz Ben-Ishai Talks Business Benefits of Predictable Work Schedules"
Big Fat Greek Lie, (July 2015).
- "Employer Voice On The Schedules That Work Act: Tony Dundas Lucca"
CLASP, (July 2015).
- "New Political Debates Brewing Over Worker Schedules"
WAMU 88.5, (May 2015).
- "Job Schedules & Scheduling Software Conference Call"
(May 21, 2015)
- "Job Schedules & Higher Education Conference Call"
- (April 20, 2015).
- "Job Schedules & Quality in Workforce Development Conference Call"
(March 19, 2015).
- Dr. Shirley Weber Talks Schedule Fairness
- Schedule Fairness Blog , (April 2015).
- CBS This Morning: Unpredictable Work Schedules
CBS , (February 2015).
- Webinar:"Today's Schedules for Today's Workforce: Hourly Employees and Work-Life Fit"
Women's Bureau , (October 2014).
- "Why Our Part Time Economy is in Crisis"
HuffPost Live, (September 30, 2014).
- "Job Schedules:Policy and Advocacy Strategies Conference Call"
(September 17, 2014).
- "Job Schedules:The Facts Conference Call"
(September 17, 2014).
- "Senator Warren Asks NRLB Nominee Sharon Block about Work Scheduling"
(September 9, 2014).
- "More Part-time Workers Suffer Instability, Long Hours to Make Ends Meet"
PBS, (September 1, 2014).
- "Scheduling Software Is Ruining Workers' Lives"
Huffington Post Live, (August 20, 2014).
- Worker' Accounts of the Fallout from Difficult Scheduling Practices
National Women's Law Center (2015)
- Worker Stories from News Outlets
- The Child Care and Development Block Grant Law: What It Means For Parents in Low-Wage Jobs
CLASP and National Women's Law Center, National Webinar (July 21, 2015)
- Could We Improve Worker Well Being With Scheduling Reforms? Evidence from Research About Irregular / On-Call Work Schedules and their Effects on Workers, from the General Social Survey
By Lonnie Golden, Penn State Abington, at the Congressional Forum on Irregular Work Schedules, U.S. House Committee on Education and Workforce (June 2015)