Stop Unpredictable and Unstable Scheduling Practices

It’s becoming more and more common for employees in the food service, retail, and other industries—where women predominate—to get their schedules with only one or two days’ notice. Too often, employers require their workers to call in the day of a potential shift to find out whether or not to come into work, or send them home early without being paid for the hours they were scheduled to work. These practices are not only bad for workers—they are bad for the bottom line. They result in greater workforce turnover, more absenteeism, and a less productive workforce.

But their future, and ours, are constantly threatened as our representatives and senators in Washington battle over the budget.

Sign our petition and join Women Employed and advocates all across the nation in supporting federal legislation that would stabilize and increase funding for Pell and help more low-income students get a college education.

The Schedules That Work Act is an important step toward providing basic protections from these scheduling practices so that employees will know when and how much they will work.

How will the Schedules That Work Act help?

  • It would give employees the right to request a change in their work schedules without risking retaliation.
  • It would give workers who need a schedule change because of critical obligations, like caregiving, a right to receive that change.
  • It would require employers in certain industries to give hourly employees advance notice of work schedules.
  • It would require employers to provide extra pay to hourly employees who are assigned to a shift with less than a day’s notice or are sent home without working their scheduled shifts.

This bill could make a real difference for working families. Please urge your representative and senators to sign on as co-sponsors.