Warren announced her “Fair Workweek” plan on Monday, which includes requiring employers with 15 or more employees in the retail, food, hospitality and other industries to give workers at least two weeks’ notice of their schedules and compensate workers for any changes.
Employers would also have to consider workers’ scheduling requests “in good faith” and provide a reason for not approving them.
It also would provide certain benefits to part-time workers such as access to paid family leave if they’ve worked somewhere for over a year, and access to retirement plans if they’ve worked over 500 hours for a company for two years or more.
There are over 27 million part-time workers in the U.S., according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
A study background
In a study from the University of California, Berkeley, that surveyed 30,000 employees at 120 large retail and food-service companies in the U.S., two-thirds of workers reported getting less than two weeks’ notice for shifts, with one-third getting less than one week’s notice. And about 1 in 7 workers said they’d had at least one shift canceled in the last month.
As Warren’s team noted, Black and Latinx workers “bear the brunt” of schedule instability.
Warren has proposed other plans meant to benefit low-wage workers, including establishing a higher minimum wage and “Medicare for All.”
Other Democratic presidential contenders have also put out plans meant to support workers, including Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who rolled out a sweeping proposal in August to give federal workers the “right to strike” and make it easier to form unions.