This week, Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler is introducing fair workweek legislation. It would require big companies to finalize employees’ schedules two weeks in advance.
The goal is to allow workers to plan pay, childcare and appointments.
The legislation would only apply to companies with 250 employees and at least 20 locations.
“We’re talking about some of the big box stores, some of the large retailers, the hospitality industry,” said Fiedler. “We’re not talking about the small mom and pop shops.”
Labor unions and community advocates came out to support the bill, which was launched in honor of International Workers Day, which is Wednesday.
“This legislation would allow workers to set a budget for themselves,” said Fiedler. “They can expect how much work they’re going to have, and that they’re going to be able to pay for rent, for groceries, for child care.”