Oregon’s New Law Mandates Predictable Employee Schedules

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How will your business be impacted?

If you’ve ever worked in foodservice, retail, or another shift-based industry, you know how difficult it can be to maintain a steady schedule, a schedule further complicated by the need to balance life and work.

Scheduling can be even more complicated for individuals who have children or work multiple jobs. And it’s not just one’s personal life an unpredictable schedule can impact. Turns out, they even have a negative impact on an employee’s health.

In a report called “Scheduling Away Our Health: How Unpredictable Work Hours Affect Health and Wellbeing” by Human Impact Partners, research cited shows a relationship between an employee’s health and the consistency of their work schedule. In fact, the authors determine there can be major physical and mental health consequences for workers who do not have a predictable work schedule.

To combat this issue, Oregon’s Fair Work Week Bill will make the schedules of hourly (or nonexempt) workers in certain industries predictable. Though other states have made similar moves, Oregon’s law will require employers in retail, hospitality, and foodservice to give their teams at least seven days’ written notice of a scheduled shift and make sure employees receive at least 10 hours to rest up between shifts.

 

Which businesses will need to adhere to the new law?

Oregon employers in retail, hospitality, or foodservice with at least 500 employees worldwide.

 

When will be new law take effect?

On July 1, 2018, most provisions of the law will take effect. In July 2020, employers will be required by law to provide 14 days’ written notice of employee schedules.

 

What information will employers be required to give their team?

Employers implicated in Oregon’s new law will need to provide employees with a better idea of what their schedules will be, or the medium number of hours the employee should expect to work, and whether employees can opt in to work more hours. Employers will also need to keep a poster outlining the law visible at the workplace at all times.

 

What records will the employer need to keep?

In addition to posting a notice of employee rights, employers will need to keep detailed records of compliance for at least three years. Time tracking and employee scheduling will be more important in Oregon than ever for businesses affected by the Fair Work Week.

 

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