ORLA Advocacy: Restrictive Scheduling
Restrictive scheduling bill (SB 828), known as the Fair Work Week Act, has passed both the Senate and House and is now on the Governor's desk expected to be signed. Given the legislative dynamics we were up against we are grateful for the major changes to the proposal but have not been supporting the bill. SB 828 places restrictive scheduling requirements on employers, effectively removing 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. Read amendments.
ORLA opposed these harmful bills and worked to protect Oregon's flexible scheduling practices. Employers need the flexibility in scheduling to deal with unpredictable markets, weather, large scale social or sporting events and employees who call in sick or fail to show up for a shift.
Surveys that have shown employees come to work in the hospitality industry specifically because of the flexibility of schedules and the ability to go to school, spend time with family or work another job that is not during traditional workday hours. Maintaining flexibility with scheduling actually results in employees having more hours to work and/or more flexibility for time off requests to be accommodated. Read more about the survey and reports:
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:
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.
We Work For Oregon
A promoted 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 type of legislation.
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.