(Chiu/Weber) Labor & Employment: 4-3-0
Large food and retail companies are using ‘just in time’ and ‘on-call’ scheduling practices, where workers are expected to be available without knowing if they’ll actually be called in for a shift. These policies make it impossible for people to plan their lives and cause workers who are already struggling with low wages to live in a constant state of insecurity about work and pay. These policies also place additional pressure on parents who have to arrange for last-minute child care. AB357 would have required large food and retail companies to provide at least two weeks scheduling notice for their workers and would have mandated additional pay for last minute scheduling changes. AB357 would have addressed discrepancies in how much workers take home in pay, clarified whether or not they receive health benefits, and improve their ability to balance life and work.