February 18, 2019
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Longtime restaurant employee highlights the harm of 'secure scheduling' proposals

As the Legislature considers so-called "secure scheduling" bills, also known as restrictive or predictive scheduling, the employees whose flexibility would be limited in the bills are joining employers in speaking out in opposition to the measures.

Simone Barron, who works at a full-service restaurant in Seattle, said that Seattle's Secure Scheduling Ordinance has had damaging and limiting effects on restaurant workers like her. In testimony in Olympia this month and an op-ed last week in The Seattle Times, she spoke out against two bills that would set up restrictive scheduling statewide: House Bill 1491 and Senate Bill 5717.

"Restrictive scheduling removes the flexibility on which the hospitality industry is built," she wrote. "I’ve worked in restaurants in cities across the U.S. This career has allowed me to raise a son, pay rent, put myself through school and have the flexibility to pursue my hobbies."

She said that the restrictions on picking up extra shifts, double shifts, or the close-open shift would create financial losses for workers who choose to make some extra money.

"You want to be able to be there at the drop of a hat so you can make that money," Barron told AWB News earlier this month. "That's one of the greatest perks of working in the full-service restaurant industry. It's easy to be able to swap shifts and do all of those things now, but under restrictive scheduling it's just impossible, because the law is impossible to navigate."

She notes that the statewide proposals would cast an even wider net than the Seattle ordinance, which applies to restaurants with 500 employees and 40 locations worldwide. The bills being considered in Olympia would drop that threshold to 100 employees and 40 locations worldwide.

"The hospitality industry doesn’t need to be saved from 'bad scheduling practices.' If anything, it needs to be saved from politicians who want to make it harder for employees to go to work and live their lives," she writes.

Bob Battles, AWB government affairs director for workplace law, has been actively monitoring, testifying and working to bring the business perspective to discussions on restrictive scheduling. Contact Battles at 360.943.1600 to learn more.

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