Senator Leyva Will Introduce Scheduling Bill of Rights in January

Leyva: Proposed Legislation Will Help Workers, Families

Friday, November 3, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) today issued the following statement regarding legislation that she intends to introduce in January 2018:

“As a lifelong advocate for working families, I have always been committed to fighting for the hardworking Californians that are the backbone of our state’s communities and businesses.  I am pleased to announce that I will build upon my previous work to ensure reliable schedules for workers by introducing legislation this coming January to restore balance for hourly workers whose lives and paychecks are disrupted by constantly changing work schedules.  As we approach the holidays, we are reminded that many hourly workers may not find out when they are working until an hour or two before they are required to show up—all for the convenience of the employer with little regard of the needs of workers.  Our neighbor to the north, Oregon, already passed work schedule predictability earlier this year and California workers certainly deserve to know the same information from their employers.”

“In 2016, I authored SB 878 to help provide hourly workers in specified industries like retail and restaurants with advance notice of their upcoming work schedule.  Though that legislation was ultimately held in the Senate Appropriations Committee, I remain committed to helping workers—who are disproportionately women, people of color, immigrants and young workers—better plan childcare, attend classes or hold a second job, as well as know how much they will have to pay their bills.  I expect to continue working on the issue in the weeks ahead of the bill introduction in January 2018.”