This week, food and non-food retail workers in San Francisco will have something to celebrate ahead of the July Fourth celebrations as the city’s Retail Workers Bill of Rights ordinance takes effect on July 3.
Last year, the Retail Workers Bill of Rights became law in San Francisco—making the city the first in the nation to address the industry specific problems retail workers face every day, including unpredictable scheduling.
The new law, which is a package of two separate pieces of legislation, requires retailers with at least 20 employees and 20 or more locations worldwide to give retail workers their schedules at least two weeks in advance. The new law also discourages abusive on-call scheduling practices by requiring retailers to provide their employees with an extra two-to-four hours of pay if changes to schedules are made with less than 24 hours’ notice; promotes full-time work and access to hours; and protects retail workers from losing their jobs when their company is bought or sold.
Fair, flexible, and reliable scheduling is a simple way to ensure that retail workers are treated with dignity and respect. San Francisco’s Retail Workers Bill of Rights serves as a model for how individual cities can tackle income inequality, and improve the quality of jobs in the retail sector so that workers in this growing industry have a pathway to the middle class.