It began (as many of these ideas do) in San Francisco as part of the “Retail Worker’s Bill of Rights”, but the notion of so-called “Fair Scheduling” or “Strict Scheduling” laws is gaining more traction in states around the country. Last week, the Massachusetts legislature’s Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development heard public testimony on S.973, An Act Establishing Fair Scheduling for Employees of the Commonwealth. The proposal would require that employers pay a premium of between one and four extra hours pay for an employee whose work schedule is changed either positively or negatively with less than 21 days advance notice. DDIFO submitted testimony in opposition to the scheduling bill. The Mayor of Minneapolis has pulled a fair scheduling component “for now” from a package of anti-business proposals that comprise the “Working Families Agenda”. The proposal, also known as “#MPLSWorks”, included a $15/hour minimum wage, mandatory paid sick leave, additional wage theft enforcement and penalties as well as the “fair workweek”. The original scheduling proposal penalized employers for changing an employee’s schedule within 28 days! Amended down to 14 days, it was still deemed too extreme “for now”!