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Advocates Welcome News of Nine Attorney Generals’ Inquiry Into On-Call Scheduling

April 13, 2016

CONTACT: Bailey Dick, 419-260-6044,

Washington, D.C. – Attorneys General in Washington, D.C., and eight states announced today the launch of an inquiry into on-call shifts and other abusive scheduling practices used by a number of retail employers, adding yet another voice to the growing movement to end unsustainable work schedules.

The nine attorneys general from New York, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, Rhode Island and Washington, D.C. sent letters to 15 major retailers, including American Eagle, Aéropostale, Payless, Disney, Coach and Forever 21, asking each company about their use of on-call scheduling, which in the District, may be a violation of a decades-old law mandating at least four hours of pay for hourly employees reporting to work. In recent years, employers’ use of on-call schedules has grown. Complaints about this scheduling practice have proliferated because employers require the people who work for them to keep their schedules on hold for shifts they may never be assigned to or paid for.

An earlier round of inquiries into Gap, L Brands and Abercrombie and Fitch from New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman resulted in six retail companies announcing they would end on-call shifts in their stores.

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Leaked Video Shows Majority of Chamber Members Support Predictable Schedules


April 4, 2016

Bailey Dick
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Washington D.C. – Footage of a webinar leaked to The Washington Post today shows that the majority of state Chamber of Commerce members support fair scheduling policies and suggests Chamber lobbyists may be misrepresenting their members in their opposition of predictable scheduling policies.

The video includes results of an internal poll that found 78 percent of current or prospective Chamber members support measures that would require employers to provide advance notice of schedules and end abusive “on-call” shifts that leave without a guarantee of work or pay for their time. These and other sustainable scheduling measures are already required under new rules enacted in San Francisco and are under consideration in a half-dozen other communities across the country.

The Chamber poll underscores the widespread support for setting standards that make sure that working people have schedules that allow them pay to their bills, plan their lives and take care of their loved ones. The landmark legislation to improve schedules for 40,000 retail employees in San Francisco was passed unanimously by the city’s Board of Supervisors, and a January poll found that 86 percent of D.C. residents would support pending legislation that would mandate more stable hours and predictable work schedules from employers. Dozens of national retailers have also ended or pledged to end the use of on-call schedules in their stores after public, employee and legal pressure to do so.

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Dozens Speak at Hearing on New Rules for Stable Schedules and Employment

CONTACT: Bailey Dick, 419-260-6044, bailey(at)

Washington, D.C. – Today, dozens of D.C. employees, labor scholars, local business owners, and community leaders testified at a District Council hearing in favor of legislation that would bring more stable schedules and fuller employment to thousands of people who live and work in the District.

“At DC Jobs With Justice, we’ve surveyed hundreds of residents and talked to dozens of community organizations about this issue. It’s become very clear that an individual’s work schedule is more than a workplace issue,” said Nikki Lewis, executive director of DC Jobs With Justice. “We’ve heard that this is just too much for big chain companies to handle after the minimum wage increase and paid sick leave were passed. I find it hard to stomach how they can tell someone making below the poverty line, scrambling for more hours, and only asking for some more stability that they’re asking for too much.”

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Ari Schwartz Lead Organizer, DC Jobs With Justice

Press Clips

D.C. Council tables bill following pressure from Wegmans, other big-box retailers
Drew Hansen, Washington Business Journal
September 21, 2016

‘Fair scheduling’ bill dies in D.C. Council
Aaron Davis, The Washington Post
September 20, 2016

So Long to ‘Fair Hours,’ For Now
Andrew Giambrone, Washington City Paper
September 20, 2016

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

D.C. Council Delays Work Scheduling Bill Once Again
Rachel Sadon, DCist
September 20, 2016

Lawmakers Weigh Labor Laws for Part-Time Workers
Mark Segraves, NBC
September 20, 2016

D.C. Council tables employee advanced scheduling act
Ryan McDermott, The Washington Times
September 20, 2016

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
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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