Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Work Schedules Bill Advances

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Work Schedules Bill Advances

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A bill that would require employers to consider workers' requests for schedule changes was approved by a state Assembly committee Monday.

The legislation, co-sponsored by Democrat Sheila Oliver, who represents parts of Passaic County, is called the New Jersey Schedules That Work Act. The measure also requires employers of 15 or more employees to provide more predictable and stable schedules for employees in the retail, food service and cleaning industries.

The bill is opposed by the New Jersey Business and Industry Association, which said it could penalize employers who don't give a written reason for refusing employees' scheduling requests.

The legislation would require employers to pay retail, food service or cleaning employees for a minimum of four hours' work if the workers are sent home earlier because of an unexpected change in circumstances. …

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