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  • LA City Council Proposes to Restrict Employee Scheduling, Hours, and Opportunities

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    Van Nuys – Yesterday, Los Angeles City Councilmembers introduced a proposal to require employers to schedule their employees’ shifts at least 2 weeks in advance. The requirements would apply to any retailer with over 300 employees across their entire company. The Valley Industry and Commerce Association (VICA) has expressed concerns about restrictive scheduling rules in the past.
    In response to today’s motion, VICA President Stuart Waldman said:
    “Restrictive scheduling hurts the people it purportedly helps, and the advantages of flexible shifts works both ways. For example, a business employing students on a part-time basis works with their employees to prepare a schedule that is suitable for both the business and the employee. Students often don’t know what their class schedule will be until a week or two before the start of classes, and a flexible employer will work with their employees to juggle other commitments and priorities.
    “Labor groups know that predictive scheduling is not a real solution, which is why they will lobby for an exemption for unionized employees. This proposal is yet another example of unions bullying small businesses and pushing employers out of Los Angeles.”
    The mission of the Valley Industry & Commerce Association (VICA) is to enhance the economic vitality of the greater San Fernando Valley region by advocating for a better business climate and quality of life. Visit www.vica.com for more information.
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