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April 2016 E-Newsletter

Steve Sack Discusses Proposed Worker Schedule Rules for Seattle Employers on “Fox & Friends”

Steven Mitchell Sack, “The Employee’s Lawyer,” appeared on “Fox & Friends” on Saturday, February 27 to discuss the new rules that are being proposed in Seattle on how companies establish their employees’ work schedules.

The Seattle City Council recently proposed a set of rules that shifts the power away from employers when it comes to how employees are not only paid but scheduled to work. Although it is still being drafted, the proposed ordinance would guarantee workers at least eleven hours of downtime between shifts, allow workers to receive their work schedule two weeks in advance or else be paid time-and-a-half if shifts are added inside that timeframe and require employers to pay employees for a few hours of work not performed if shifts are taken away.

This eleven-hour downtime provision in the bill is to prevent the practice of “clopenings,” in which employees who stay late at night to close are also asked to open up the store the next day. The city also ratified raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Fox News Channel can be seen on Channel 26 (Cablevision), Channel 360 (DirecTV), Channel 205 (DISH Network), Channel 315 (RCN Cable), Channel 44/202 (Time Warner), and Channel 118/1543 (FiOS).

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