For the on-demand gig workers of the world, an erratic work schedule is a normal and accepted way of life because a flexible lifestyle comes with the territory. Obviously there are pros and cons that come this type of schedule as well. In light of this, predictive scheduling laws have started to make their way through major cities like Chicago, San Francisco, and Seattle to name a few. On the flip side, certain states have passed laws prohibiting predictive scheduling parameters altogether. While some say this is a step toward “fair scheduling,” businesses adjusting to the new laws will incur costly penalties if they have to make schedule changes on short notice. For those who participate in the gig economy, it will most likely hurt on-demand workers in the long run.
What is predictive scheduling?
Predictive scheduling means an employer is providing work schedules to their team in advance, and the laws that surround this idea vary in each state. These stipulations include but are not limited to:
Employees must receive their schedules two weeks in advance An employee must have a minimum 10-hour break between shifts to prevent “clopening” (ex. Closing and opening a restaurant with back-to-back shifts) An