Small Businesses come out against Minneapolis Fair Scheduling Act

In our recent blog posted on September 23rd, we explained how the city of Minneapolis was going to create a study about a possible increase in minimum wage to $15, but also sick leave and fair scheduling.

The Minneapolis small business owners, specifically restaurants and outdoor businesses have been vocal in opposition, and fear that the fair scheduling law could put them out of business.  The proposed fair scheduling law would see workers gain one hour of sick time for every 30 hours worked, and employers would be forced to set schedules 28 days in advance.  If an employer changes, cancels or shortens a shift with less than a day’s notice, workers would still get ‘predictable pay of 4 hours.  

The complaints stem from the inability to predict how busy a restaurant will be 28 days in advance, so it makes it difficult to know how many staff members they will need for the day.  The same goes for outdoor businesses.  These outdoor businesses thrive during the warm months, but you cannot predict rain a month in advance, so a business could be left overstaffed.  Many people in the restaurant business are students, artists, and parents who actually need flexible schedules.  While providing the schedule 28 days in advance allows them to work around shifts, many times things come up last minute, which is why most employees need flexible schedules.

Common Roots Café supports the proposed scheduling law, by saying that it is definitely not perfect, but supported Minneapolis’ concerns to help make the city a better place to work and live.

Be sure to follow myHRcounsel for updates on the proposed minimum wage increase and the fair scheduling act.