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Restrictive Scheduling Bill Fails in CA Senate

Article originally appeared in Hotel Association of Los Angeles (HALA) Newsletter.

A measure that would have required many California hotel businesses to give their employees a 21-day work schedule at least one week in advance was shelved by the Senate Appropriations Committee in late May 2016. Labeled a “job killer” by the California Chamber of Commerce and other business groups, the “Reliable Scheduling Act” (SB 878) was modeled loosely after a policy adopted by the city of San Francisco in 2014.

The bill would have allowed workers to receive minor “modification pay” when their schedules were changed with less than seven days’ notice.  Business owners strongly contended that the bill would stifle their operations, eliminating scheduling flexibility and preventing them from keeping up with customer demand. Specifically, the Chamber of Commerce argued that the bill would “eliminate flexibility in the workplace for employers and employees, deny employees the opportunity to work additional hours if desired" and "subject employers to unnecessary layers of penalties, investigative actions, and costly litigation.”

This may not be the last effort we see in the California Legislature to approve a “reliable scheduling” law. The sponsor of SB 878, Connie Leyva (D-Chino) has already vowed to pursue a new proposal in the future. M&R will stay abreast of this issue, both locally and at the state level, and report on any new developments as they happen.

This article is not offered as, and should not be relied on as, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for advice in specific situations.