The End of On Call Shifts?
Recently in the news, you may have seen an uproar against on call shifts. On call employees endure the burden of uncertain work schedules and have to keep their days open for the possibility of work.
A coalition of state attorney generals has been pushing to abolish on call scheduling. Recently, Aeropostale, Carter’s, David’s Tea, Disney, PacSun and Zumiez have all agreed to end the practice and four of the companies (Carter’s, David’s Tea, Disney and Zumiez) have agreed to set schedules at least one week in advance.
New York Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, praised the retailers for their effort in improving the work-life balance of their employees.
“On-call shifts are not a business necessity and should be a thing of the past,” he said. “People should not have to keep the day open, arrange for child care, and give up other opportunities without being compensated for their time.”
According to a 2015 Economic Policy Institute Report, roughly 17% of workers in America have uncertain schedules, and many of these works are employed in low earning fields such as retail.