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The Washington legislature considers 'secure scheduling' for employees across the state



by Kellee Azar, KATU News

Washington state capitol ̵

1; KATU photo

VANCOUVER, Wash.

The Senate Bill 57-17 would require employers to do so.

Senate Bill 57-17 would require employers to post schedules two weeks in advance.

The law would affect workers in a wide range of businesses including retail, fast food and full service. A similar law is already in effect in Seattle.

Simone Barron, who works in Seattle, says that the problem is not the early scheduling. Instead, it's the flexibility.

"We do not want this. We have never asked for this, "she said.

Under the law, employers would have to pay extra if they switched shifts with another employee.

" There are a lot of ways that full-service people manipulate their schedules to Barron said.

She said because of these penalties, employers are less likely to approve scheduling switches.

Sage Wilson of Working Washington supports the bill and says employees are deserving to be compensated.

"An employee who is being elaborately helping to make that work for that business deserves a little extra," she said.


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