Besides causing economic and financial hardship for workers and their families, unstable schedules can also lead to negative physical and mental health outcomes. 
— Jeremy Thompson. MassBudget

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“An Act relative to the scheduling of employees” (S.1110 and H.3809) The Fair Work Week Bill allows all workers the chance to build stable lives for themselves and their families,

The Crisis of Scheduling

Across the country, there is a scheduling crisis going on. Retail, food service, and hospitality workers are notified too late of their schedules, forced to work on call and clopening shifts, and have their time outside of work disrespected by their employers again and again.

Selected Testimony From Hearings

Fact Sheets

Center for Popular Democracy Fact Sheet (pdf)

Fact Sheet on Current Legislation (pdf, Español pdf)

We believe that community stabilization can only be achieved if economic mobility is possible.
— Chinese Progressive Association

What is the bill trying to do?

The Fair Workweek bill aims to give workers more control over their lives.

It does this by:

  • requiring advance notice of schedules

  • trying to eliminate on-call shifts

  • eliminating forced clopening shifts

  • allowing employees to rest between shifts

  • requiring that employers offer new shifts to existing employees

  • allowing employees to collect unemployment benefits if their employer’s failure to comply with the bill results in the employee leaving the job

Section 1: Right to Advance Notice

  • When hiring a new employee, an employer will give them an approximate schedule (how many hours they’ll be working and when those hours will be)

  • If the employer needs to change this approximate schedule, they will provide the employee with a new approximate schedule in writing

  • Employees can request shifts, more or fewer hours, or to work or not work on-call shifts

  • Employers must provide employees with their schedule at least 14 days before the first date of the schedule

Section 2: Right to Compensation for Changed Schedules

  • Employers must pay predictability pay to employees if the details of their shift are changed after the 14 day period ends

  • This includes time, location, adding hours

  • Employers must pay half wages to employees when employers subtract hours from or cancel shifts after the 14 day period ends

Section 3: Right to Rest Between Shifts

  • Employees may refuse to work two shifts that happen within 11 hours of each other without penalty from their employer

  • If an employee does work two shifts within 11 hours of each other, they shall be paid time and a half for the second shift

Section 4: Right to Offer of New Work

  • Employers shall offer current employees new shifts before hiring new employees to fill the shifts

  • The offer for new shifts must be posted in a conspicuous place in the workplace for at least 72 hours, unless a shorter period of time is required to fill the shift

Section 5: Right to Unemployment Benefits

If an employee leaves a job because their employer was not complying with the Fair Workweek Bill, that employee shall be allowed to collect unemployment benefits until they find a new job.

Who does the bill apply to?

  • The bill applies to food service, hospitality, and retail workers

  • Any employer within those industries with 50 or more employees worldwide is covered under the bill

Why is this bill important?

  • The bill allows covered employees more stability in their lives

  • Workers can make childcare arrangements more easily

  • They can coordinate schedules with second and third jobs if they have them

  • Workers will no longer be forced to work clopening shifts

  • People who used to have work two or three jobs to support themselves may be able to get enough shifts at a single job to only need one job

  • This bill will mandate that employers respect their employees’ time and life outside of work