Every working person should be able to enjoy a fair and predictable schedule, but unfair scheduling practices have become the new normal in low-paid jobs. Fifty-nine percent of full-time hourly workers’ schedules fluctuate. Nearly 40 percent of retail workers report that they don’t get set minimum work hours each week, and a quarter are scheduled for on-call shifts. These practices are bad for workers and business—they result in greater workforce turnover, more absenteeism, and a less productive workforce.
Life with an unstable and unpredictable schedule is a constant challenge. Making ends meet and budgeting when your hours fluctuate each week is out of the question. Keeping a doctor’s appointment, getting a second job, or going to school is nearly impossible when you’re on call. Your schedule dictates your every move—and has a lasting impact on your income, family life, children’s opportunities, the ability to pursue further education, and more.