The latest fad being foisted upon small business retailers and fast food employers – predictive scheduling – continues to spread to new areas around the country. The state of Oregon is now seriously entertaining enacting a law that would dictate how and when small businesses could schedule their employees to work. The Oregon Senate last week passed what it is calling the Fair Work Week Act and sent the measure to the House for its deliberation. The bill, modeled in many ways after the New York City mandate signed into law a few weeks ago, would apply to all businesses in the state with 500 employees worldwide. It would dictate that employees be given their work schedules at least 7 days in advance (increasing to 14 days in 2020), ban workers being scheduled with less than 10 hours off between shifts and provide for extra pay penalties when employees were required to work in violation of the act. Although no states have passed scheduling legislation yet, it is being considered in several across the country (New Jersey, Massachusetts, and New York, immediately come to mind). In addition, the cities of Seattle, New York and San Francisco have each adopted some version of predictive scheduling. In fact, a study of the San Francisco scheduling mandate done jointly by the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) and Young Workers United (both sound real middle of the road, don’t they?) found that the city wasn’t doing enough to enforce the dictates of the law and recommends that more aggressive enforcement action be taken!