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WRA is monitoring two possible workplace bills

Chief Operating Officer Tammie Hetrick is asking business owners to provide their thoughts about two possible statewide bills that could dictate how retailers post work schedules and eliminate the right of companies to enforce non-compete agreements.

Hetrick’s work is in anticipation of possible important issues though bill sponsors have yet to reveal their plans for the 2019 Session that begins on January 14. Her work includes assessing whether scheduling laws in New York, San Francisco and Seattle have worked for the benefit of retailers and their employees.

Hetrick said she has been meeting with businesses who have expressed concerns about both possible bills for the coming legislative session.

The Seattle scheduling experience already has shown that requirements to post work schedules two weeks in advance have eliminated former flexibilities that employers and employees enjoyed before the law went into effect. Larger retailers face potential fines if they change schedules posted two weeks in advance regardless of whether the changes were necessary.

With non-compete agreements, some retailers would like to retain the right to discourage employees from working second jobs that directly compete with their stores, Hetrick noted. Some examples are hair stylists, pharmacists and mechanics.

She encourages employers with opinions or concerns about these issues to contact her at 360-200-6452 or tammie@retailassociationservices.com.

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