Hate It When Your Boss Puts You ‘On Call’? So Does Seattle City Council
Hate it when your boss puts you on call? If you're a cop or doctor it's part of the job. If you sling coffee or sell shirts, it's unfair. A growing number of workers are told to be available during shifts, but maybe not work them and are not paid for the waiting. You may work 18 hours one week and 35 the next. Seattle wants to put a stop to it.
1) Employers must not demand a worker close the store (at 10 or 11 p.m.) and then schedule them to open the store the next morning. Gonzalez wants at least 11 hours between shifts.
2) Work schedules must be written a week in advance and calling in extra workers during a busy day entitles them to time-and-a-half.
3) If a worker is scheduled to work and is then sent home or cancelled because the business is not busy, they are entitled to some pay.
Business owners and managers are crying foul. They say they cannot afford to overschedule staff just in case they become busy unexpectedly.
Gonzalez considers these basic rights all employees should enjoy that have been assumed but not codified. Since these courtesies are being taken away, they need to be codified.