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San Francisco Passes a 'Bill of Rights' for Chain Retail Workers

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This week, San Francisco unanimously passed a law to improve scheduling and "pay security" for retail and chain-restaurant workers. According to CNN Money, the retail worker's "bill of rights" is a first-of-its-kind law that would require companies to provide workers with their schedules at least two weeks in advance. And if those schedules changed with less than 24 hours notice, companies would need to provide workers with an extra two to four hours pay.

The law also would require extra hours to be offered first to part-time workers, and would prevent discrimination against part-timers in terms of pay or promotions. Take note, though: this'll apply to retailers with at least 20 employees and 20 or more locations worldwide.

San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee still needs to sign the law, and if he does, it'll go into effect next summer. The law's opponents includes the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, who argue that the bill of rights interferes with staffing decisions and prevents companies from hiring on-call workers. CNN Money writes that other cities and states are considering legislation that incorporates similar measures. And San Francisco voters recently approved legislation that will up the city's minimum wage to $15 by 2018.
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