City of Seattle Spearheading New Scheduling Law– Posted by Hillary J. Collyer
Minimum wage. Wage theft. Paid sick and safe time. Fair chance employment ordinance. The City of Seattle has a proven commitment to workers’ rights and a long history of being at the forefront of movements to provide greater protections to employees. The latest movement Seattle is championing is known as “secure scheduling.” The secure scheduling legislation, key points of which a Seattle City Council committee unveiled on August 8, 2016 and which City Council unanimously adopted on September 19, 2016, is intended to protect retail and food-service workers from erratic and unpredictable work schedules. The new law will take effect on July 1, 2017.
This sweeping new law applies to retail employers and fast-food, limited service restaurants and drinking establishments which have 500+ employees worldwide, and to full-service restaurants with 500+ employees and which have 40+ locations worldwide.
Key points of the law require that:
- Employers provide employees with a written good faith estimate of the number of hours they will be expected to work at the time of hire.
- Employers provide employees 14 days advance notice of schedules.
- Employees receive at least 10 hours between shifts, unless they request or consent to having less time between shifts (if the employee requests or consents to this type of shift, the employer must pay them time and a half for the hours worked less than 10 hours since the previous shift).
- Employers pay employees one hour of “predictability pay” for employer-initiated changes to the work schedule after it’s posted. The proposed law provides exceptions for employee-initiated shift swaps or shift coverage, or if an employer fills an unexpectedly open shift by using “mass communications” such as text or email to ask employees if they can fill the shift.
- Employees who don’t receive all the hours for which they have been scheduled would receive half of their hourly rate of pay for each hour cut.
- Employees would receive half their hourly wage for each hour they’re scheduled to work on-call but are not called in to work.
- Employers offer additional hours to existing employees before hiring additional employees.
If you have a question about Seattle’s new Secure Scheduling law or any other Seattle or Washington employment laws, feel free to contact one of the employment law attorneys at Lasher Holzapfel Sperry & Ebberson PLLC. We can be reached at (206) 624-1230.