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Bill would force restaurants & retailers to set work schedules 2 weeks in advance

The proposal got a committee hearing, but a vote is not expected

Restaurant and retail workers would have to get their work schedules at least two weeks in advance under a bill proposed in the state Senate.

Portage Democrat Karen Tallian says it's increasingly common for stores and restaurants to wait till the last minute to tell employees whether they're working, or to send them home after they show up for work. She says that effectively prevents part-time workers from taking a second job to make ends meet, because they have to remain on call for more hours than they actually work.

Tallian's bill would require partial pay if an employer changes the work shift less than a week in advance.

A San Francisco ordinance sets a similar requirement for all businesses. Tallian says she limited her proposal to retail and restaurants because other industries, such as construction, may have legitimate reasons for leaving schedules up in the air, with work contingent on weather and the progress of earlier steps in the process. But

The Senate Labor Committee took testimony on the bill but isn't expected to vote.

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