Secure Scheduling Ordinance: Notice of work schedule changes

Secure Scheduling Ordinance: Notice of work schedule changes

On Sept. 19, 2016, the Seattle City Council unanimously passed the Secure Scheduling Ordinance into law. We’re rolling out bite-sized pieces in the coming weeks to get you up to speed. Or, if you have some time and want to dig in, read our in-depth analysis here.

For today: Notice of Work Schedule Changes

For employer-requested changes to the written work schedule that occur after the 14-day schedule has posted, (1) The employer must provide the employee with timely notice of the change by in-person conversation, telephone call, email, text message or other accessible electronic or written format; and (2) The employee may decline to work any hours not included in the employee’s work schedule.

For employee-requested changes to the written work schedule that occur after the 14-day schedule has been posted, the employee must provide notice of the request per the employer’s usual and customary notice and procedural requirements.

The employer may not ask or require an employee to find replacement coverage if the employee is unable to work the scheduled hours because of a reason covered by another local, state or federal law that prohibits asking such questions (i.e. paid sick and safe time).

The employer may ask, but not require, the employee to find replacement coverage if the employee is unable to work scheduled hours because of an emergency or major life event that prevents the employee from working scheduled hours, unless the major life event is also covered by another local, state or federal law.

The employer may require the employee to find replacement coverage if the employee is unable to work the scheduled hours because of a reason other than a reason covered by a local, state or federal law or an emergency or major life event.

Up Next:  Details about underscheduling and recording are coming tomorrow.