Former California Secretary of Commerce Hatamiya Talks Scheduling in Seattle June 21

Former California Secretary of Commerce Hatamiya Talks Scheduling in Seattle June 21

Media Contact: Local Communications Manager Jillian Henze,, 360-956-7279 ext. 124

June 20, 2016

SEATTLE – Lon Hatamiya, former secretary of the California Technology, Trade and Commerce Agency, will tell Seattle City Councilmembers on June 21 that his study of new restrictive scheduling in San Francisco shows the unintended negative impact on flexible, part-time work and how employers are frustrated by new penalties caused by unforeseen circumstances.

Following the recent restrictive scheduling regulations in San Francisco, also referred to as predictive scheduling, the process is well under way to bring similar regulations to Seattle.

Restrictive scheduling could make big changes to longstanding restaurant practices, including requiring employers to post work schedules at a minimum of two weeks in advance and being penalized with fines for changing employee schedules.

Hatamiya has recently completed a study on the predictable scheduling ordinance in the city of San Francisco and the outcomes for employees and employers. He was invited to present a brief overview of his findings to the Civil Rights, Utilities, Economic Development and Arts Committee at 12 p.m. on June 21 at Seattle City Hall.

Hatamiya said San Francisco’s regulations have created unintended challenges for employees and employers.

He believes there is a need for a more balanced method to achieve predictability and flexibility for employee schedules while making sure employers remain competitive in their industries, according to his summary, “A Practical Analysis of San Francisco’s Predictive Scheduling and Fair Treatment for Formula Retail Employees Ordinance.”

Read a complete summary of his findings here.

Can’t attend the meeting in-person? You can stream the video via the Seattle Channel.


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