Fair Scheduling Laws

Fair scheduling laws ensure that employers enable workers to have predictable, stable schedules; access to sufficient hours; compensation for last minute changes to their schedules; the right to request scheduling changes; and more. In 2014, San Francisco passed the Retail Workers Bill of Rights (RWBOR), the first scheduling law of its kind in the U.S. With states and localities across the country considering similar and more expansive legislation, additional laws are likely to pass in the coming years.

Right to Request Laws

“Right to request” laws give workers the right to request scheduling changes without fear of retaliation. In some cases, these laws also include the “right to receive,” which requires employers to accommodate requests for changes under certain conditions. Right to request laws have been in effect internationally or some time and are beginning to emerge in the U.S. Some comprehensive scheduling legislation includes provisions that would grant workers the right to request.

Reporting Time Pay Laws and Rules

Reporting Time Pay rules require employers to pay workers for a minimum number of hours if they are sent home before the end of their shifts. The following states have such requirements:

  • California – Cal. Code Regs. Tit. 8, § 11010(5) – 11150(5) (2013)
  • Connecticut – Conn. Agencies Regs. §31-62-A2, B2, C2, D2, E1 (2013)
  • D.C. – D.C. Code Mun. Regs. Tit. 7 § 907.1 (2013)
  • Massachusetts – 455 Mass. Code Regs. 2.03 (2013)
  • New Hampshire – N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 275:43-a (2013)
  • New Jersey – N.J Admin. Code § 12:56-5.5 (2013)
  • New York – N.Y. Comp. Codes R. Regs. Tit. 12, § 142-2.3 (2013)
  • Oregon – Or. Admin R. 839-021-0087 (2013)
  • Puerto Rico – Minimum Wage Board Reg. No. 7; Mandatory  7, 11, 15, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 37, 38, 41, 44, 50, 57, 67
  • Rhode Island – R.I. Gen. Laws. § 28-12-3.2 (2012)

Call in Pay Laws and Rules

“Call-in pay” rules require employers to pay workers for a minimum number of hours if they are called in to work when they are not scheduled to be working.