Why do people need just hours in D.C.?

Because if you want to work full-time, you should be able to

Because your career should have a future

Because families need schedules they can depend on

Because parents need to be there for their children

Because it's time to fix our out-of-balance economy

Because we can change the rules to make Washington, D.C. a place where all of us can live, work and raise a family

About the Hours and Scheduling Stability Act

The Hours and Scheduling Stability Act will usher in responsible standards and stable employment opportunities for men and women working in chain restaurants and retail stores in the District. Here is a summary of the bill’s key provisions:

Scheduling with advance notice so that people aren’t living day-to-day

  • Employers must post schedules 14 days in advance.
  • If an employer initiates a schedule change thereafter, the employee will receive one hour of pay as compensation for the change.
  • If the change occurs within 24 hours of a shift, the employee is awarded four hours of pay.

Promoting full-time work opportunities so that people have enough hours to make ends meet

  • Employers will offer available hours to qualified current employees before hiring new employees.

Stopping abusive “on-call” practices so families can plan their lives

  • If an employer cancels an employee’s shift or declines to call in an “on-call” employee with less than 24 hours’ notice, the employee will receive four hours of pay.
  • D.C. law already guarantees employees a minimum daily pay of four hours when they report to work – this provision would simply close the “on-call” shift loophole.

Ensuring equal treatment for hourly employees

  • An employer may not discriminate against employees of the same job qualification with regard to rate of pay.

Speaking Out for Just Hours in DC

“It’s frustrating and it’s stressful to not get hours. The money from 20 hours a week only gets me back and forth to work, but nothing more for my family.”

Stephanie Dunn

A part-time cashier at a Marshalls store in Ward 2, whose hours have been cut by her boss from 25 to 20 to 15 hours a week since joining the staff in October 2013

“…We post our schedules two weeks in advance and do not make changes to them.  Employees are able to make requests via our on-line portal if they need time off, and they are free to change shifts with one of their teammates should conflicts arise.  It is never perfect, but we promise to make scheduling and payroll as easy as possible.  Everyone can check their schedule from home or a smart phone.  When shifts become available, we first make them available to part-time employees before hiring someone new.  The less time they have to spend changing schedules and the longer out they are known, the more time we have to wow everyone who walks through the door.

 

I want our managers to focus on developing their teams and taking care of our customers – with the highest degree of attention possible. As an employer I hope to be respected by my employees and that they in turn, should be respected by the leader.”

Gina Schaefer

Owner and operator of five Ace Hardware stores in Wards 2, 3 and 6.

Everyone in Washington, D.C. deserves fair wages, stable hours and predictable schedules in order to build a good life.

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Too many of our neighbors who prepare our food, stock our shelves and sweep our floors work for employers who grant them too few hours, assign schedules that can change at a moment’s notice, or keep them on call without being able to guarantee them paid hours.

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Having an erratic schedule and insufficient hours make it extremely difficult to budget monthly expenses, to arrange childcare or elder care, pursue education or training, or hold down a second job to make ends meet.

D.C.’s employers can do better, and our elected representatives can set commonsense standards for stable work schedules.

We have one of the strongest minimum wage laws in the country. We led the charge for paid sick days. We can continue rewriting the rules to make Washington, D.C. a great place to live, work and sustain a family.


Press Clips

D.C.’ s ‘fair scheduling’ labor bill hits a hiccup, but proponents still hopeful
Perry Stein, The Washington Post
June 28, 2016

Bill Proposes Two Weeks of Advanced Notice for Shifts Among Major D.C. Retailers
Andrew Giambrone, Washington City Paper
June 23, 2016

Popular Mall Stores Accused Of Screwing Over Workers
Shane Ferro, Huffington Post
April 14, 2016

Why my business values its employees
Gina Schaefer, The Washington Post
March 28, 2016

Business Group Uses Blizzard to Criticize Scheduling Bill
Quinn Meyers, Washington City Paper
January 27, 2016

I Was A Victim Of Abusive Scheduling. Then I Had To Implement It Myself
Carla Hashley, The Billfold
January 14, 2016

Proposed laws could change lives of D.C.’s hourly workers
Abigail Hauslohner, The Washington Post
January 13, 2016

Are Scheduling Bills Like D.C.’s Helpful or Meddlesome?
Jon Steingart, Bloomberg BNA
January 12, 2016

DC City Councilman to Introduce Scheduling Bill
Marianne Levine, Politico Pro
December 1, 2015

‘On-Call’ Workers Could See More Schedule Stability Under New Bill
Andrew Giambrone, Washington City Paper
December 1, 2015

Urban Outfitters to End On-Call Shifts Nationwide
Krystina Gustafson, CNBC
October 28, 2015

The End of On-Call Schedules?
Bouree Lam, The Atlantic
October 23, 2015

This Labor Day, D.C. Needs Fair Schedules
Nikki Lewis, Medium
September 6, 2015

Work advice: Retailer’s ‘flexible scheduling’ leaves employee in knots
Karla Miller, The Washington Post
July 23, 2015

Victoria’s Secret is Ending a Controversial Practice
Laura Donovan, ATTN:
June 30, 2015

Unpredictable Hours Are Becoming Workers’ Worst Enemy
Nicole Charky, ATTN:
June 12, 2015

New Political Debates Brewing Over Worker Schedules
The Kojo Nnamdi Show, WAMU
May 19, 2015

Orange Pushes Back Vote on Work-Scheduling Bill
Andrew Giambrone, Washington City Paper
June 28, 2016

D.C. Council Moves Toward New Work Scheduling Requirements
Rachel Sadon, DCist
June 24, 2016

Forever 21, BCBG, Aeropostale, Uniqlo Under Fire for On-Call Scheduling
Reuters
April 15, 2016

D.C. Attorney General Will Investigate Retailers’ On-Call Scheduling Practices
Andrew Giambrone, Washington City Paper
April 13, 2016

There Was A March In D.C. To Protest This Shady Retail Practice
Alexandra Ilyashov, Refinery29
February 14, 2016

DC Council to consider bills on low-wage worker schedules
Associated Press
January 13, 2016

Retail Lobby Urges DC Council To Can Worker Schedule Bill
Braden Campbell, Law360
January 12, 2016

The under-the-radar profit-maximizing scheduling practice that can put workers in a “downward spiral”
Lydia DePillis, The Washington Post
January 8, 2016

Proposed Legislation Would Make Employers Pay Workers For Switching Up Schedules
Rachel Kurzius, DCist
December 1, 2015

More Companies Are Ending On-Call Scheduling
Victor Luckerson, Time
October 23, 2015

Low-wage workers are about to get some of the biggest raises they’ve ever seen
Lydia DePillis, The Washington Post
September 3, 2015

Workers’ schedules could be the next labor fight in the D.C. Council
Perry Stein, The Washington Post
June 12, 2015

Report: Low-Wage Workers In D.C. Struggle With Unpredictable Hours
Rachel Sadon, DCist
June 12, 2015

Poor scheduling practices harm D.C. service workers
Kelly Cohen, Washington Examiner
June 12, 2015

The Cost of “Just-in-Time” Scheduling
Morgan Baskin, Washington City Paper
June 11, 2015

The next labor fight is over when you work, not how much you make
Lydia Depillis, The Washington Post
May 8, 2015


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