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Fair & Flexible Scheduling

Life happens—and not always on a schedule. Nearly half of all workers actively care for a child or elder relative, but few can access flexible work arrangements to help them manage those responsibilities.

In fact, abusive scheduling practices make it nearly impossible for many low-wage workers to arrange childcare, let alone budget effectively or advance their education. Existing law does little to help these workers and we can do better.

A Better Balance is helping states and localities develop solutions to the problem of unpredictable and abusive scheduling, and we are advancing legislation to grant all workers the right to request schedule changes without penalty, expanding access to fair and flexible work.

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Fair Work Schedules

Workers in retail and other service sectors nationwide increasingly face abusive scheduling practices that make it nearly impossible for them to manage their family responsibilities. Read more about solutions to the problem of abusive scheduling.

Right to Request Flexible Work

Nearly 80% of workers would like to have more flexible work options and would use them if there were no negative career consequences. Learn about policies designed to help workers access workplace flexibility without retaliation.

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27%

of employers allow most or all employees to have periodic flexibility in their start and stop times

70%

Percentage of low-income workers cannot change their scheduled start or stop time if needed

80%

of workers would like to have more flexible work options and would use them if there were no negative consequences at work

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