Fair Workweek Laws: What Business Owners Need To Know
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Cities and states across the country are slowly passing predictive scheduling laws. And while this may sound like something from a science fiction movie, it actually has a significant impact on businesses small and large from the east coast to the west coast and everywhere in-between.
But what is predictive scheduling, and why is it necessary? And what are the advantages and disadvantages of predictive scheduling for your business?
In this article, the management experts at Sling will answer those questions and tell you everything you need to know about — and the best way to comply with — predictive scheduling laws in your area.
Taken collectively, predictive scheduling practices — or to be more transparent, predictable scheduling practices — are laws and regulations that protect employees from unfair and extremely inconvenient labor practices.
San Francisco was the first to enact a form of predictive scheduling to assist employees in the foodservice, retail, and hospitality industries. Since then, it has spread to other business types, other cities, and other states.
Historically, baristas, servers, food runners, and the like were subject to unpredictable, “just-in-time,” and “on-call” scheduling practices that made it nearly impossible — or at least extremely difficult — for them to plan their lives.
What’s more, the on-demand-with-short-notice attitude of many businesses made finding last-minute childcare and transportation an extra burden on these employees. Predictive scheduling (a.k.a. fair workweek, secure scheduling, and advance scheduling) makes those types of practices illegal.
We touched on the tip of the predictive-scheduling iceberg in the previous section, but unpredictability is only one reason among many that cities and states have started passing legislation to protect their workers.
Lawmakers have drafted predictive scheduling legislation in order to protect employees from unfair labor/scheduling practices such as:
It’s these methods — and others — that make predictive scheduling laws necessary today.
Wherever you live, check your Secretary of State’s website for more information on predictive scheduling laws that may be in effect. Here are the most current cities and states with existing regulations:
In addition to these nine areas, twelve other states have predictive scheduling laws in the works. They include:
Now that you understand what predictive scheduling is and where it’s been enacted, let’s examine how it affects your business.
As we mentioned earlier, most predictive scheduling laws currently only apply to the foodservice, hospitality, and retail industries, but new legislation expands the application to other business types.
To make it even more confusing, some of these laws only apply to businesses of a certain size (i.e., number of employees).
It may take some getting used to, but predictive scheduling offers more advantages for your business than it does disadvantages.
So what’s the best way to incorporate with these new regulations? Dedicated scheduling software.
If predictive scheduling affects your business, you need scheduling software like Sling. The powerful suite of tools that Sling offers actually makes it easy to comply with any and every predictive scheduling regulation on the books.
You can create complicated team schedules — including rotating shifts, overlapping shifts, and night shifts — in minutes instead of hours and distribute the schedule to your employees with just the click of a button.
In addition, Sling allows you to calculate staffing requirements well in advance so you can give your employees ample notice as to when they will work. Sling even provides an onboard artificial intelligence that alerts you to conflicts in the schedule (e.g., overtime, double bookings, and time-off requests) so you can finalize your schedule sooner.
All of that — and much more — makes Sling the easiest and best way to comply with predictive scheduling laws in your area.
For more free resources to help you manage your business better, organize and schedule your team, and track and calculate labor costs, visit GetSling.com today.