San Francisco Retail Workers Bill of Rights Final Rules Effective March 1

Feb 9 2016 - Workplace Policies - HRWatchdog

RetailWorkersLast year, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed two ordinances called the Formula Retail Employee Rights Ordinances, also known as the “Retail Workers Bill of Rights,” addressing scheduling, hours and retention at retail establishments. Both ordinances became effective on July 3, 2015.

Now, the San Francisco Office of Labor Standards Enforcement (OLSE) has issued Final Rules implementing the ordinances. The Final Rules are effective on March 1, 2016.

In general, the ordinances apply to “Formula Retail Establishments” (or chain stores) with at least 40 formula retail establishments worldwide and 20 or more employees in San Francisco, as well as their janitorial and security contractors.

Among other mandates, the ordinances require covered employers to:

  • Provide new employees with a written “good faith estimate” of their expected schedule.
  • Provide at least two weeks’ notice of employee shift schedules or pay a penalty.
  • Offer any extra work hours to current qualified part-time employees in writing before hiring new employees or using contractors or staffing agencies to perform additional work.
  • Post a notice on size 8.5″x14″ paper.

More information about the Retail Worker Bill of Rights can be found on the OLSE website.

Gail Cecchettini Whaley, CalChamber Employment Law Counsel/Content

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