On-call sched­ules punched out at 6 re­tail­ers, in­clud­ing Dis­ney

Aero­postale, PacSun among 5 oth­ers end­ing prac­tice that bur­dens sta≠ers

The Denver Post - - BUSINESS - By The As­so­ci­ated Press

al­bany, n.y.» Dis­ney and Aero­postale are among six re­tail­ers that have agreed to stop us­ing on-call sched­ul­ing, a sys­tem that worker ad­vo­cates have said means too much un­pre­dictabil­ity for em­ploy­ees.

The change in sched­ul­ing was made fol­low­ing an in­quiry by nine at­tor­neys gen­eral. New York At­tor­ney Gen­eral Eric Sch­nei­der­man said Tues­day about 50,000 work­ers na­tion­wide will ben­e­fit.

On-call sched­ul­ing re­quires em­ploy­ees to call be­fore a sched­uled shift to find out if they have to work that day. Worker ad­vo­cates say it can leave em­ploy­ees scram­bling for child care, un­able to hold sec­ond jobs and with un­cer­tain pay­checks.

A Dis­ney spokes­woman said the re­tailer started phas­ing out on-call sched­ul­ing in July 2015.

The other four com­pa­nies are Carter’s, David’s Tea, PacSun and Zu­miez. They’re among 15 re­tail­ers who re­ceived a joint let­ter from the at­tor­neys gen­eral.

The other nine com­pa­nies — Amer­i­can Ea­gle, Pay­less, Coach, For­ever 21, Vans, Jus­tice Just for Girls, BCBG Max­azria, Tilly’s Inc. and Uniqlo — say they don’t use on-call sched­ul­ing or have re­cently ended it.

Other re­tail­ers have changed their prac­tices. Wal­mart, the na­tion’s largest pri­vate em­ployer, rolled out a new sched­ul­ing sys­tem in July in about 650 Neigh­bor­hood Market stores. The sys­tem gives hourly work­ers more cer­tainty about their sched­ules.

Aero­postale stores across the na­tion, in­clud­ing this lo­ca­tion in Tyson’s Cor­ner, Va., will stop us­ing on-call sched­ul­ing to give work­ers more sta­bil­ity in their sched­ules. Aren Bleier, AFP/Getty Im­ages

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