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Is your employer open to predictable scheduling?

Having a livable working wage for the working poor is at the forefront of many legislators’ agendas. Indeed, the cost of living in Texas is lower than other areas of the country, so a $15 minimum wage may not be a priority yet, but having predictable schedules certainly is.  

While many may not understand this concept, consider this: you are scheduled to work from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on a Saturday. An hour before you are scheduled to come in, your supervisor calls and informs you that you won’t be needed for the day. The income that you have planned on earning that day is now gone, and you don’t have enough time or an opportunity to recoup it. With bills that are due and other financial obligations, being held out of work because of scheduling issues can be problematic.

If you think quick cancellations are difficult, imagine being scheduled for a closing shift, only to be scheduled for an opening shift the following day. Not having much time to rest between shifts can be very difficult.

While some employers do not see this as a problem, a number of lawmakers do. As a result, several  predictable scheduling ordinances have been passed that require employers to schedule workers up to two weeks in advance and give at least 11 hours of rest time between shifts.

While it remains to be seen how many Texas counties (or the state as a whole) adopt such policies, employers must follow existing wage and hour rules. An experienced employment law attorney can help if you believe your employer is violating them. 

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