Restrictive Scheduling

Bad for Employees, Bad for Employers.


Both HB 2193 and SB 828 place restrictive scheduling requirements on employers with unfair and costly penalties for non-compliance. Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association is opposed to both measures. Read our position letter.

Employers need the flexibility in scheduling to deal with unpredictable markets, weather, large scale events and employees who call in sick or fail to show up for a shift. Both bills will make it particularly challenging for the restaurant community given that many external factors, beyond the control of restaurant operators, can have significant impacts on the operations on any given day. 

As these restrictive scheduling bills continue in the Oregon House and Senate, several important pieces of information are being presented to lawmakers to help convince them this extreme legislation is bad for employees and employers. 

Portland Restaurant Workers Survey
A recent survey conducted by ORLA of Portland area restaurant employees about their work environment shows 85% of respondents say the way their job is scheduled allows them to choose how they spend their time and enjoy life. Among other findings in the survey summary:
  • 84% say they can talk to their employer or manager and give input about the work environment, scheduling needs and what employees need to do a good job at work
  • 89% say there is no change needed or only minor change needed to improve the effectiveness of how often employers change the work schedule
Review of San Francisco’s FRE Ordinances
A recent report on the restrictive scheduling law in San Francisco shows after almost one year, employees and employers are generally unhappy with the law due to lack of flexibility and freedom to make lifestyle choices. Additionally, Formula Retail Employees (FRE) in need of extra income are having more difficulty adding extra work hours. Read the full report.

We Work For Oregon
A new website, WeWorkForOregon.com, highlights the issues faced by employees and employers around the proposed scheduling laws and encourages industry members to let elected officials know why this legislation is bad. ORLA is part of a broader business coalition of local employees and employers working together to fight this legislation.

EPI Report
The Employment Policies Institute (EPI) released Weighing Priorities for Part-Time Workers in May 2016 as an early evaluation of San Francisco’s restrictive scheduling ordinance. The study shows 35% of employers have become less flexible with employee schedule changes, 21% are offering fewer part-time positions, and 17% are offering fewer jobs across the board.

Take Action and Urge Legislators to Vote No
The time is now to write a letter, email, or call committee members to share how these bills would affect your operation. Urge your legislators to vote “no” on these costly, punitive bills that do nothing to address the underlying issues of finding childcare or dealing with changes to schedules due to factors outside employers’ control. Go to WeWorkForOregon.com and take action today!


UPDATE 4.20.17
SB 828 A-Engrossed has been moved out of the Senate Workforce Committee to the Senate Rules Committee with a "do pass" recommendation. The first scheduling amendments were released last month for SB 828, though no concessions yet for eliminating penalty pay or other important parts of the bill. Read proposed amendments.