San Francisco's New Employee Scheduling Law a Bellwether for Retail, Other Industries

By Rhonda Smith

Although some states and jurisdictions have enacted laws that help ensure employees have more predictable work schedules, none comes close to San Francisco’s new ‘‘Retail Workers’ Bill of Rights,’’ proponents of the law told Bloomberg BNA. The law, the formal title of which is the ‘‘Predictable Scheduling and Fair Treatment for Formula Retail Employees Ordinance,’’ takes effect Jan. 4. Employers, among other stakeholders, will have 180 days after the effective date before they must begin complying with the ordinance.

‘‘It’s a really ground-breaking piece of legislation— the first law in the country that comprehensively addresses the instability and unpredictability so many low-wage workers face,’’ Liz Ben-Ishai, a senior policyanalyst at the Center for Law and Social Policy in Washington, D.C., told Bloomberg BNA Dec. 11. ‘‘The law has similarities to the federal bill that’s been proposed,’’ she said of the Schedules that Work Act (H.R. 5159; S. 2642), which was introduced in both chambers of Congress in July (140 DLR A-10, 7/22/14). ‘‘But it sets the bar higher.’’

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Reproduced with permission from Daily Labor Report, 243 DLR C-1 (Dec. 18, 2014). Copyright 2014 by The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (800-372-1033) <http://www.bna.com>