The Attorney General’s Office has released the list of certified initiative petitions to be placed on the November 2016 ballot. Included on this list is Petition No. 15-35, titled “An Initiative Petition for a Law Relating to Fairer Scheduling for Workers.” If passed into law, it will require all fast food restaurants and retail stores to provide additional pay to employees whose schedules are changed with less than two weeks’ notice. This “penalty” will range in amount from one to four hours’ pay for each affected employee. For businesses who employ more than 75 people, the petition further provides for the establishment of rules and regulations by the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development that will govern the scheduling of employees. These regulations will control changes, cancellations, additions, and reductions in hours worked or days scheduled and will further set the number of additional hours of pay a covered employer must provide when the two weeks’ notice requirement is not met.
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