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senate Bill S. 1386

Should Employers Have to Change Workers’ Schedules Unless They Have a Good Reason Not To?

Argument in favor

Working families need to have flexibility in their work schedules when they have medical emergencies, or to accommodate their educational aspirations or their second job. Employers won't honor those requests unless the government forces them to.

Ann's Opinion
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07/05/2017
I really hate the idea of creating a law to force employers to do this. But unfortunately I have heard so many stories of workers at large corporations such as Walmart having their shifts change suddenly in ways which makes it impossible for them to deal with childcare, getting further education, or taking care of their and family medical issues, that it seems they really need the help. Many large employers have computerized scheduling systems that affect the steadiness of their employees' hours and cut them off at less busy times. Then they don't get reliable income or ability to plan financially. Many other employers have such overloaded managers that they cannot make up the schedule until the last minute which also causes planning problems. As long as this bill had a few fairness things for the employer - for example, I have night school so my Thursday nights must be mine, but my last minute request to skip work to go to a concert is my fault, not theirs - I favor it and believe people need the protection so they can get ahead. I also must point out that this is probably easier for an employer than their employees forming a union, which is the logical next step if they do not get the assistance they need. One last thought - in my field even those who are in unions don't often push back on employers because of positive relationships, passivity, or fear of retaliation. The real effect of the law would probably just increase self policing among employers; I believe only in extremely egregious cases do people reach out for government help or file lawsuits. You have to be mad as hell and stuck between a rock and a hard place to fight like that; most just quit.
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Crystal's Opinion
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07/05/2017
Many minimum wage employees don't have leverage to sway employers to do the right thing unless the law is on their side.
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Bunnie's Opinion
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07/05/2017
As someone who has had to play the game of 'part time hours offered, full time availability required' with unethical corporate employers, I'm fully on board with forcing employers to treat their employees like people. Workers deserve fair notice and flexibility when it comes to schedules and locations, and while that sort of thing is easy to do within small businesses, large corporations do everything in their power to shut you down and tell you your requests are impossible to fulfill. They don't respect employees as human beings, you're just an expendable warm body. And especially for those who are trying to pay for school to be able to escape the unskilled labor cycle, being forced to choose between failing classes or losing a job can waste a semester's worth of money and labor just like -that-
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Argument opposed

This legislation would be extremely intrusive for business owners and require them to accommodate employee’s scheduling request unless they can show a good reason not to. It may cause employers to reduce the number of workers they have.

byron's Opinion
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07/05/2017
Please get out of our business! Quit trying to control the private sector. This is micromanagement on steroids. When employees are mistreated they will begin to look elsewhere and the company will fail. It's called the free market. No doubt this is sponsored by and started by a Democrat.
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Loraki's Opinion
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07/05/2017
GOVERNMENT OVERREACH ON STEROIDS The summary says: "This bill would grant employees the right to request that their employer change the terms and conditions of employment related to their hours, work location, amount of notification they receive for work scheduling, and minimizing changes in their work schedule." SINCE WHEN DO AMERICAN CITIZENS NEED A BILL TO BE PASSED BY CONGRESS BEFORE THEY HAVE THE RIGHT TO MAKE SUCH A REQUEST OF THEIR EMPLOYER??!!! The details of ELIZABETH FAUX-CAHONTAS' bill makes me wonder if this is Communist China or Russia we're talking about, rather than the United States of America! According to Countable: "The employer would be required to respond to such a request in a timely manner and begin a good faith discussion to make reasonable changes to the employee’s schedule. Employers would be REQUIRED [emphasis mine] to grant the request if it is made because of the following reasons, unless there is a bona fide business reason to reject it: • The employee’s serious health condition; • Their responsibilities as a caregiver; • Their enrollment in a career-related educational or training program; • If a part-time employee requests the change because of their second job. Employers could deny requests made for any other reason so long as they aren’t UNLAWFUL. In that case, the employer would be REQUIRED to provide the employee the reason for the denial, INCLUDING WHETHER IT WAS A BONA FIDE BUSINESS REASON. This bill requires employers to report time and split-shift pay, and give advance scheduling notice to retail, food service, cleaning employees, or workers designated by the Dept. of Labor except for those in executive, administrative, or professional capacities. Workers covered by collective bargaining agreements that govern scheduling practices would not be covered by this legislation. It would be illegal for an employer to interfere with the ability of an employee to exercise their rights under this legislation, retaliate against them for exercising their rights, or interfere with inquiries into alleged violation of an individual’s rights. IN THE EVENT OF A VIOLATION OF THESE PROVISIONS, ADMINISTRATIVE ENFORCEMENT THROUGH THE DEPT. OF LABOR AND CIVIL REMEDIES WOULD BE AVAILABLE. The Dept. of Labor would be directed to give information and technical assistance to employers, labor organizations, and the general public to aid understanding of this legislation’s requirements." _____________________________ The federal government has no right whatsoever to meddle in private sector businesses like this! This is government overreach on steroids! We should not even have a DOL!
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Kelly's Opinion
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07/05/2017
I say nay only because I feel this bill is too simple. "Good reason not to" seems like a lot of lawsuits and potential nonsense. I'm all for OSHA and ensuring good working hours but I think this is too much of a blanket bill right now.
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    I really hate the idea of creating a law to force employers to do this. But unfortunately I have heard so many stories of workers at large corporations such as Walmart having their shifts change suddenly in ways which makes it impossible for them to deal with childcare, getting further education, or taking care of their and family medical issues, that it seems they really need the help. Many large employers have computerized scheduling systems that affect the steadiness of their employees' hours and cut them off at less busy times. Then they don't get reliable income or ability to plan financially. Many other employers have such overloaded managers that they cannot make up the schedule until the last minute which also causes planning problems. As long as this bill had a few fairness things for the employer - for example, I have night school so my Thursday nights must be mine, but my last minute request to skip work to go to a concert is my fault, not theirs - I favor it and believe people need the protection so they can get ahead. I also must point out that this is probably easier for an employer than their employees forming a union, which is the logical next step if they do not get the assistance they need. One last thought - in my field even those who are in unions don't often push back on employers because of positive relationships, passivity, or fear of retaliation. The real effect of the law would probably just increase self policing among employers; I believe only in extremely egregious cases do people reach out for government help or file lawsuits. You have to be mad as hell and stuck between a rock and a hard place to fight like that; most just quit.
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    Please get out of our business! Quit trying to control the private sector. This is micromanagement on steroids. When employees are mistreated they will begin to look elsewhere and the company will fail. It's called the free market. No doubt this is sponsored by and started by a Democrat.
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    Many minimum wage employees don't have leverage to sway employers to do the right thing unless the law is on their side.
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    As someone who has had to play the game of 'part time hours offered, full time availability required' with unethical corporate employers, I'm fully on board with forcing employers to treat their employees like people. Workers deserve fair notice and flexibility when it comes to schedules and locations, and while that sort of thing is easy to do within small businesses, large corporations do everything in their power to shut you down and tell you your requests are impossible to fulfill. They don't respect employees as human beings, you're just an expendable warm body. And especially for those who are trying to pay for school to be able to escape the unskilled labor cycle, being forced to choose between failing classes or losing a job can waste a semester's worth of money and labor just like -that-
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    GOVERNMENT OVERREACH ON STEROIDS The summary says: "This bill would grant employees the right to request that their employer change the terms and conditions of employment related to their hours, work location, amount of notification they receive for work scheduling, and minimizing changes in their work schedule." SINCE WHEN DO AMERICAN CITIZENS NEED A BILL TO BE PASSED BY CONGRESS BEFORE THEY HAVE THE RIGHT TO MAKE SUCH A REQUEST OF THEIR EMPLOYER??!!! The details of ELIZABETH FAUX-CAHONTAS' bill makes me wonder if this is Communist China or Russia we're talking about, rather than the United States of America! According to Countable: "The employer would be required to respond to such a request in a timely manner and begin a good faith discussion to make reasonable changes to the employee’s schedule. Employers would be REQUIRED [emphasis mine] to grant the request if it is made because of the following reasons, unless there is a bona fide business reason to reject it: • The employee’s serious health condition; • Their responsibilities as a caregiver; • Their enrollment in a career-related educational or training program; • If a part-time employee requests the change because of their second job. Employers could deny requests made for any other reason so long as they aren’t UNLAWFUL. In that case, the employer would be REQUIRED to provide the employee the reason for the denial, INCLUDING WHETHER IT WAS A BONA FIDE BUSINESS REASON. This bill requires employers to report time and split-shift pay, and give advance scheduling notice to retail, food service, cleaning employees, or workers designated by the Dept. of Labor except for those in executive, administrative, or professional capacities. Workers covered by collective bargaining agreements that govern scheduling practices would not be covered by this legislation. It would be illegal for an employer to interfere with the ability of an employee to exercise their rights under this legislation, retaliate against them for exercising their rights, or interfere with inquiries into alleged violation of an individual’s rights. IN THE EVENT OF A VIOLATION OF THESE PROVISIONS, ADMINISTRATIVE ENFORCEMENT THROUGH THE DEPT. OF LABOR AND CIVIL REMEDIES WOULD BE AVAILABLE. The Dept. of Labor would be directed to give information and technical assistance to employers, labor organizations, and the general public to aid understanding of this legislation’s requirements." _____________________________ The federal government has no right whatsoever to meddle in private sector businesses like this! This is government overreach on steroids! We should not even have a DOL!
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    I say nay only because I feel this bill is too simple. "Good reason not to" seems like a lot of lawsuits and potential nonsense. I'm all for OSHA and ensuring good working hours but I think this is too much of a blanket bill right now.
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    I believe that all workers be represented by a bargaining unit (union) expressly for the purpose of negotiating this and many more issues. It is inefficient to address every issue with a law. Although, in the end, currently republicans dominate congress and the president so this will likely be voted down.
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    Most employers are at liberty to not make a schedule at all, then call employees the day of or night before to come into work- or to never have a consistent weekly/bi-weekly schedule, no matter how much employees request it. But if it was required of them, then low income workers would have better opportunity and time to apply for second jobs, or work out set schedules with their kids or with daycare/school, etc etc. It's degrading for employers to treat their workers like on-call slaves, as if they can snap their fingers and people will show up. Employers, employees, and the government need to all work together to help the working class lead more structured lifestyles and have the ability to contribute to the community more and to their own households more.
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    This is tantamount to micromanagement by the government. Who and what determines whether the employer has a good reason? The beauty of freedom is that if the employer is unreasonable the employee can sell their services to another employer.
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    Hand out a pink slip if employee wants to decide his own schedule. The paycheck signer trumps paycheck receiver.
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    As a single mom of 2 children, I need some flexibility. As much as I dislike the government being involved, employers could care less about the employees at this time. Especially since I live in a right to work state.
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    The federal government really needs to stop regulating the employee-employer relationship. It only leads to economic inefficiency.
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    This is not in any way an area of legislation. This is between employers and employees. Working conditions are contracted and if violated there are courts. If not contractual, then quit if boss is arbitrarily doing what's not in the interests of employees.
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    The Constitution does not grant the Federal Government the power to regulate the relationship between an employer and employee, or how an employer schedules their employees. Thus this bill would be a violation of the 10th Amendment to the Constitution.
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    "Logic clearly states the needs of the many outweighs the needs of the few."- Spock. How do you not assist employees trying to take care of a sick family member? I know many employees at work who are afraid to take off just one sick day, even though their spouse may have be terminally ill. Employees should not have to be frightened to work
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    This is absurd. What else should employers be required to do - maybe physically move the place of employment, so the employee can walk to work? Provide free meals?
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    What world are we living in here? Employees do not dictate to their employer the terms and conditions of their employment. If an employee doesn't like their work environment then that employee is free to look for work somewhere else. It's called the free market and the government should stay out of it. If nothing more, this poppycock bill is further confirmation that Senator Warren is delusional and completely unplugged from reality.
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    This is the most ridiculous example of government overreach I have ever seen. Absolutely no surprise the leader of the American Communist Party is the sponsor. Workers do not tell the employer when or where they will work. The employer tells the worker and then pays the worker. The worker has three choices; go work somewhere else, do the work directed by the employer, or request additional compensation from the employer which may result in termination.
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    The cretinous progressive liberals in government continue their onslaught of taking Control of our freedoms. This is usually referred to as Facism or in its modern definition Soroism and or Alinski-ism. No matter how you cut it, it's anti-capitalism, anti-American, crapola, being espoused by power-mad government nitwits😡👎👍❗️It's pretty amazing that Obamaism, perhaps one of the most incompetent, misguided, and anti free-market administrations in history could actually gain a following of supporters until you realize the quality of education, or should I say lack of education, the last few generations have experienced. It's certainly reflected in the progressive liberals agenda👎❗️Don't forget "stupid is forever," and supporting even minimal government intervention into the privately owned business community is terrifying......VOTE NO😡❗️
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    This ridiculous law would put companies out of business and vastly drive up the cost in the public sector. The free market will work to drive the right treatment by employers.
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