Predictive Scheduling Laws eBook

What are predictive scheduling laws, & how can your business stay compliant? Deputy is here to help employers avoid the headache, penalties, legal, and business consequences of failing to adhere to these laws.

What’s Covered in This Guide?

Restaurant and retail employees work in a world where schedules are predictably unpredictable.

This has sparked a new trend in the world of shift workers in the US, following the trends of countries like Australia. Many states and cities have now adopted predictive scheduling laws. These laws are meant to protect the work-life balance and financial stability of employees through fair and advanced scheduling practices.

These laws have largely targeted the fast food, service, hospitality, and retail sectors where fluctuating work schedules are common. At Deputy, we are committed to helping our customers increase their awareness of trustworthy resources that can help them keep track of pending changes and ensure they’re complying with any new mandates that could affect their businesses. To date, the movement toward predictability involves only a handful of states, but it's expected to expand to other areas in the future.

Will your business be prepared?

Let’s Break it Down…

  • Section 1:

    What is predictive scheduling?

  • Section 2:

    States & cities with predictive scheduling laws in place

  • Section 3:

    States/cities in the process of passing/ considering predictive scheduling laws

  • Section 4:

    Commonalities between predictive scheduling laws

  • Section 5:

    Employee rights & how employers are affected

  • Section 6:

    Employer penalties for law violations

  • Section 7:

    Scheduling law requirements & how employers can comply

Are You Already Affected?

Several U.S. states and cities have already adopted predictive scheduling legislation. See if yours is one of them, and prepare your business today.

  • Seattle
  • New York
  • San Francisco
  • …and more!

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is Predictive Scheduling?

A: Predictive scheduling – also referred to as ‘fair scheduling,’ the ‘Fair Workweek’, ‘secure scheduling’, 'predictable scheduling’, 'advanced scheduling', and 'restrictive scheduling' – is a set of regulations and laws that place conditions and penalties on employers in relation to scheduling practices. These laws aim to put a stop to on-call scheduling and protect the work-life balance of employees with advance scheduling. But, nearly half of employers admit they won’t be able to hold up their end of the bargain, which could land them in hot water when it comes to complying with city and statewide labor laws.

Q: Which States and cities have predictive scheduling laws in place?

A: To date, the following jurisdictions have the enacted predictive scheduling laws:

  • New York City’s Fair Workweek Law - effective date Nov 26, 2017
  • Oregon Predictive Scheduling law - effective date July 1, 2018
  • Seattle Secure Scheduling Ordinance - effective date July 1, 2017
  • Emeryville Fair Work Week Ordinance - effective date July 1, 2017
  • San Francisco Formula Retail Employee Rights Ordinance - effective date July 3, 2015
  • San Jose Opportunity to Work Ordinance - effective date March 13, 2017

Q: How can businesses prepare?

A: If your business is covered under new predictive scheduling laws, it’s time for your business to implement a workforce management system that can streamline the scheduling process and help comply with these predictive scheduling laws no matter what state you’re in. Deputy’s leading workforce management software handles complex compliance laws that other workforce management software cannot.

Additional Resources

The Chicago Fair Workweek Ordinance – what employers need to know

Read More

Maintaining compliance in California’s predictive scheduling regions

Read More

New Hampshire’s flexible approach to workplace scheduling laws

Read More

Predictive scheduling meets flexible scheduling in Vermont

Read More

No need to predict – here’s how to prepare for Oregon’s predictive scheduling laws

Read More

Unpacking Seattle’s Secure Scheduling Ordinance

Read More

How predictive scheduling affects retail and hospitality business

Read More

The NYC Fair Workweek Law – How to Comply & Avoid Harsh Penalties

Read More