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The Seattle Restrictive Scheduling Threat

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Seattle is moving too fast

By Jan Teague, President/CEO

You may have seen the recent news coverage on mandating your scheduling practices that the City of Seattle is working on.  The association has been disappointed at every turn on the information that has been coming out from the city.  In a few short weeks there will be public hearings on their rules.

As of today we still don’t know what will be included.  We don’t expect to see the ordinance until the day before the hearing!

The city has an outlined chart that proposes a one-size-fits-all approach to how retailers can schedule their workers.  I have been told that once this is written as an ordinance and is in place for a while, it will spread to other businesses and eventually include every business in Seattle.  This comment came from a city employee at a meeting.

It’s time for you to be concerned.  This is a precedent-setting regulation that will only make for more paperwork, more lawsuits, and a less friendly work environment.  Flexible work hours will be gone.  Pay will have to be increased to cover for emergencies.  It’s a boondoggle written by inexperienced staffers who don’t understand the unique needs of various retail formats.

Please review this link for an over-view of their current thinking.  We need to have you spread the word, get others to pay attention, and ask people to attend their upcoming hearing.  It will be August 16 in the evening.  If you can’t make it, then send a letter to the City Council.   If you need help with the letter, contact mark.johnson@retailassociation.org.

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