Oregon Close to Enacting Law Requiring Employers Give Workers Advance Schedule

On the eve of July 4, the date we celebrate our nation’s freedoms, workers in Oregon can look forward to being free from arbitrary work scheduling.

A bill headed to the desk of Governor Kate Brown requires retail firms, food companies, hotels and hospitals with more than 500 employees to give workers seven days’ notice of their shifts by July 2018 and two weeks’ notice by July 2020.

Under the soon-to-be law, workers must also receive a minimum of 10 hours of rest between shifts or they will qualify for time-and-half pay.

The new law will do away with employers’ ability to spring a schedule on workers’ with little notice, making it harder for them to secure child care or plan their lives.

Oregon is the first state to enact such a law. Connecticut, California, Massachusetts, North Carolina, and Ohio may follow suit.

Scheduling ordinances are on the books in New York, San Francisco, Seattle, and Emeryville, California.

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