Washington legislature considers ‘secure scheduling’ for employees across the state – KATU

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Washington legislature considers ‘secure scheduling’ for employees across the state – KATU

by Kellee Azar, KATU News

Washington state capitol – KATU photo

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Changes to the way workers in Washington get their schedule and switch their shifts could be coming soon.

The Washington legislature is considering “secure scheduling” for employees across the state.

Senate Bill 57-17 would require employers to post schedules two weeks in advance.

The law would affect workers in a wide array of businesses including retail, fast food and full service. A similar law is already in effect in Seattle.

Simone Barron who works in Seattle says the problem isn’t the early scheduling. Instead, it’s the flexibility.

“We don’t want this. We never asked for this,” she said.

Under the law, employers would have to pay extra if they switch shifts with another employee.

“There are a lot of ways the full-service people manipulate their schedules to create a work life balance and under secure scheduling or restrictive scheduling you cannot do those things to create a work life balance,” Barron said.

She said because of those penalties, employers are less likely to approve schedule switches.

Sage Wilson of Working Washington supports the bill and says employees deserve to be compensated.

“An employee who is being flexible helping make that work for that business deserves a little bit extra,” she said.

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