A National Repository of Resources on Job Scheduling Policy
May 04, 2015
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
- Spreading Eastward?
By Andrew McIlvaine, Human Resource Executive Online (June 25,2015)
- Fair Workweek Act Will Benefit ABQ Economy
By Isaac Benton and Klarissa Pena, NM Political Report (June 22, 2015)
- DC Workers Have Too Few Hours, Too Little Notice
By Liz Ben-Ishai, CLASP (June 22, 2015)
- The insidious corporate ploy crippling American labor
By Nicole Charky, Salon (June 13, 2015)
- Workers’ schedules could be the next labor fight in the D.C. Council
By Perry Stein, Washington Post (June 12, 2015)
- Researchers: Five ignored factors affect outcomes for poor children
By Lyndsey Layton, Washington Post (June 10, 2015)
- Making Victoria's Secret Pay for Keeping Staff On Call
By Sapna Maheshwari and Cora Lewis, Buzfeed (June 2, 2015)
- When 'flexible' schedule means unpredictability
By Renee Loth, The Boston Globe (May 28, 2015)
- Deal on sick leave law may be close in Salem
By Saul Hubbard, The Register-Guard (May 27, 2015)
- Irregular Work Schedules Have the Biggest Impact on Women
By Laura Bliss, The Atlantic (May 20, 2015)
- Report: Women unduly harmed by unpredictable scheduling
By Ned Resnikoff, Al Jazeera America (May 12, 2015)
- Weinberg To Introduce 'Supporting NJ Families' Bill Package
By Staff, The Bergen Dispatch (May 12, 2015)
- The next labor fight is over when you work, not how much you make
By Lydia DePillis, The Washington Post (May 08, 2015)
- San Francisco becomes first U.S. city to end erratic scheduling
By Sara Mojtehedzadeh, The Toronto Star (May 03, 2015)
- ‘Wild West’ scheduling holds millions of Ontario workers hostage
By Sara Mojtehedzadeh, The Toronto Star (May 03, 2015)
- More Hours, Please: "Involuntary" Part-Time Employment in North Carolina
By Andrew Gross, NC Labor and Economic Analysis (April, 2015)
- "Want a Steady Income? There’s an App for That"
By Anand Giridharadas, The New York Times Magazine (April 29, 2015)
- "Employers oppose Maine ‘retail workers bill of rights’"
By Mal Leary, Bangor Daily News (April 27, 2015)
- "Irregular work schedules: efficient for employers, but tough for workers"
By Ann Belser, Pittsburg Post-Gazette (April 26, 2015)
- "Have We Seen the End of the 8-Hour Day?"
By Nathan Schneider, The Nation (April 22, 2015)
- "State Senator Pushing Bill to Regulate Unpredictable Work Schedules"
By Ross Barkan, The Observer (April 22, 2015)
- "Why Blackstone Is Giving New Moms More Time Off"
By Lauren Web and Ryan Dezember, The Wall Street Journal (April 22, 2015)
- "Editorial: What's my work schedule? Employees deserve an earlier answer"
By The Times Editorial Board, Los Angeles Times (April 21, 2015)
- "How the New Flexible Economy is Making Workers’ Lives Hell"
By Robert Reich, Robertreich.org (April 20, 2015)
- "How part-time work could affect your next parent-teacher conference"
By JJ Feinauer, The Deseret News National (April 15, 2015)
- "Low-Wage Workers Deserve Predictable Work Schedules"
By Danny Vinik, The New Republic (April 14, 2015)
- "Retailers Are Under Fire for Work Schedules"
By Lauren Weber, The Wall Street Journal (April 12, 2015)
- "Attorney General Eric Schneiderman targets national retailers for 'on-call' scheduling practice"
By Matthew Hamilton, Albany Times Union (April 12, 2015)
- "The ‘flexibility’ misnomer"
By Judith Warner, Policy Network Observatory (April 9, 2015)
- "New Fact Sheet Outlines the Latest Legislative Developments in the Movement for Fair Work Schedules"
By Elizabeth Johnston, National Women's Law Center(April 08, 2015)
- "Unions, CalChamber square off over bill requiring notice for shift changes"
By Allen Young, Sacramento Business Journal (April 6, 2015)
- "Hodges: Minneapolis must do more to help all"
By Curtis Gilbert, MPR News (April 2, 2015)
- "CA bills target gender pay gaps, child care"
By Melody Gutierrez, SFGate (March 24, 2015)
- "Fair scheduling is about respect"
By Derek Dutch, The Baltimore Sun (March 23, 2015)
- "Serious scheduling"
Marilyn Kennedy Melia, NWI Times (March 22, 2015)
- "Chaotic Work Schedule Is the Greatest Challenge for the Community College Student, Not Tuition"
Ali Hangan, OpEd News (March 20, 2015)
- "Democrats Want To Guarantee Your Right To Seek A Flexible Work Schedule"
Dave Jamieson, Huffington Post (March 18, 2015)
- "Retail Workers Testify for Maryland Fair Scheduling Act"
UFCW(March 16, 2015)
- "New Data Prompts Bills That Call for Job Equity for Maryland's 1.3 Million Hourly Workers"
By Grace Toohey, Capital News Service (March 10, 2015)
- "Stand-by Scheduling Creates Problems for Many Workers"
Barb Kucera, Twin Cities Daily Planet (March 1, 2015)
- "Is Labor Scheduling Too Erratic"
Tom Ryan, Retail Wire (Feb 25, 2015)
- "'Facebook Bus Drivers Unanimously Approve Union"
Greg Baumann, Silicon Valley Business Journal (Feb 22, 2015)
- "'Clopen' Bill Combats Back to Back Work Shifts"
Ted Haller, Fox9 Minneapolis (Feb 22, 2015)
- "In Service Sector, No Rest for the Working"
Steven Greenhouse, New York Times (Feb 21, 2015)
- "Walmart's Other Promise to Workers: Better Schedules"
Katie Lobosco, WMUR9 (Feb 19, 2015)
- "Walmart to Raise Pay for 500,000 Workers"
Sarah Halzak, Washington Post (Feb 19, 2015)
- "Robert Reich: The sharing economy is hurtling us backwards"
Robert Reich, Salon (Feb 4, 2015)
- "The New Economy: Always On Call But Hardly Working"
Andrea Riquier, Investor's Business Daily(Feb 9, 2015)
- "Do Workers Want Flexibility? Depends on How You Define It."
Lydia DePillis, Washington Post (Jan 6, 2015)
- "Predictable Scheduling Makes a Difference - For Business Owners"
Jen Piallat, San Francisco Chronicle (Jan 6, 2015)
- "San Francisco’s New Employee Scheduling Law a Bellwether for Retail, Other Industries "
Rhonda Smith, Bloomberg BNA (Jan 5, 2015)
- "Dayforce Human Capital Management Delivers Hourly Employee Engagement With Schedule Predictability & Fairness"
Ceridian, MarketWatch (Jan 5, 2015)
- To see news and blogs from 2013-2014, click here
- Video and Audio Content
- New Political Debates Brewing Over Worker Schedules
WAMU 88.5, (May 2015).
- "Job Schedules & Scheduling Software Conference Call"
- (May 21, 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).
- 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)