SB 878 was one of these bills and would have required all employers in the restaurant, grocery or general retail business to provide their employees with a 21-day work schedule given seven days in advance of the schedule's commencement. Essentially requiring employers to predict their traffic flow and employees' scheduling needs for a 28-day period.
The bill penalized employees by creating a situation where there was a financial and legal incentive for employers to NOT offer staff additional opportunities to work, as the employer would have faced penalties.
Employers were certain to be penalized because the bill would have required them to provide punitive pay for each previously scheduled shift that the employer altered, moved to another date or time or canceled, in addition to each shift the employee was required to work.
The CRA's advocacy team has been working against this bill and its unintended consequences for both employees and employers alike since December. Today's action was an acknowledgement by state Senators that the bill goes too far and is unworkable.
Just this morning, Big Labor came out and said this was their number one priority for the year, and they were going to use the issue to test moderate democrats who are vulnerable this election cycle. The issue will come back in some form, but today is a huge victory for employees and employers.
Many of you came to the CRA Lobby Day in April, where this was the key focus, and many of you responded to our multiple "action alerts" asking you to join us in lobbying your state Senators with our email outreach, phone campaigns and office visits.