July of this year saw the beginning of the implementation of Oregon’s Fair Work Week/Fair Scheduling law: a huge step in the right direction for hourly workers across the state! Just like any big change, though, there will be questions on the part of both the employer and the worker while the details of the law get sorted out. The short version is that an employer who schedules fairly and adequately should see very little change, but employers who schedule down to the wire (and let’s face it, that’s most of them) will definitely find themselves scrambling to figure out how to comply with the law.
Remember: this law is designed to make workers’ lives better. If your employer is trying to make your life harder, chances are that they’re implementing the law incorrectly. Please see the back pages of this paper (web link) for an at-a-glance guide to some what-ifs, an overview of what the law does and does not do, and some ways to understand the three types of predictability pay.
Dan Clay and Jeff Anderson