Tackling unstable and unpredictable work schedules: A Policy Brief on Guaranteed Minimum Hours and Reporting Pay Policies

Source: Center for Law and Social Policy, Retail Action Project, and Women Employed, 2014

From the press release:
A new report by the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), Retail Action Project (RAP), and Women Employed released today reveals that the unstable and unpredictable work schedules faced by many hourly wage workers have serious implications for families, women, caregivers, communities, as well as businesses and consumer spending. The report highlights model employer practices, as well two policy approaches that would lift up the economy and create more economy-boosting jobs that provide enough for workers to make ends meet. Tackling Unstable and Unpredictable Work Schedules examines the recent trend toward “just-in-time” scheduling practices, where employers create jobs that schedule workers based on hour by hour consumer demand. It provides solutions implemented by companies voluntarily and through bargaining agreements such as guaranteed minimum weekly hours and advance notice policies, and provides an overview of states’ laws requiring employers to pay a set amount even if they send a worker home early or decide the worker is not needed for a shift (i.e. reporting pay). Both types of policies provide crucial stability and predictable income levels for workers, and also lower turnover for businesses. However, widespread implementation, strengthening and stronger of enforcement of such laws is needed to ensure these policies are successful….

Appendix 2:
Collective Bargaining Agreements with Reporting Pay Clauses

Following are examples of collective bargaining agreements that include reporting pay clauses. These are the product of a broad Internet search and are not meant to be an exhaustive list…