Nearly 70 percent of early career low-income workers cannot change their scheduled start or stop time if needed. The great majority of retail workers in New York City receive a week or less of advance notice of their schedules, and almost half had their schedules changed without their consent. Hours—and paychecks— vary from month-to-month and week-to-week. Such practices make arranging childcare and transportation a daily struggle, prevent workers from advancing their education or taking a second job, and make effective budgeting impossible.
Policy makers are considering legislation at all levels of government to ensure that workers can have a fair say in their schedules. Stay tuned for updates on this developing area of law.