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Friday, June 18, 2021

New Oregon Law Imposes Scheduling Obligations on Employers

“Predictive scheduling” requirements have been considered by legislatures in several states in recent years, and a number of cities have adopted predictive scheduling ordinances, but Oregon’s is the first to actually become a statewide law. A new Oregon statute will require certain large employers to provide their Oregon employees with advance notice of their work schedules. The notice period will initially be 7 days starting next year before increasing to 14 days in 2020.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed the bill, Senate Bill 828, into law on August 8, 2017. The new law applies to employers with 500 or more employees in three specific industries: retail, hospitality (including casinos), and food services. It will require affected employers to implement substantial changes in their scheduling policies and practices. Most of the bill’s provisions will go into effect on July 1, 2018, meaning that affected employers must begin making preparations to ensure compliance.

The statute calculates a company’s number of employees “based upon the average number of employees employed on each working day during each of 20 or more workweeks in the current calendar year or immediately preceding calendar year.” The law considers two companies to be a single employer if one is a subsidiary of the other.

The statute imposes new obligations on employers both at the beginning of the employment relationship and through the duration of that relationship.

This likely won’t be the last we see of this schedule predictability requirements for hourly workers


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