Does your schedule change often?

Understanding Fair Work Week Laws:

A Guide for You

Fair Workweek Laws make sure workers get fair schedules and treatment, reducing stress and keeping things stable. Josephson Dunlap helps workers get the money they may deserve under these laws.

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Fair Workweek Laws: Your New Ally in Managing Work Schedules!

Fair Workweek Laws are designed to be your ally, helping you gain control over your work schedules. These laws aim to ensure that you have a predictable and stable schedule, allowing you to plan your life outside of work more effectively.

Prior to the enactment of these laws, many workers faced unpredictable schedules, last-minute shifts, and on-call hours where they might not be required at work. Employers often faced no repercussions for such scheduling practices. But now, that's a thing of the past!

Understanding Your Rights Under Fair Workweek Laws

    1. Advance Notice of Schedules: Your employer is required to provide you with your work schedule at least 7 to 14 days in advance, ensuring you have about two weeks to plan ahead.
    2. Right to Rest: You are entitled to sufficient breaks between shifts, which helps prevent back-to-back work without adequate rest.
    3. Predictability Pay: If your employer fails to adhere to the advance notice requirements for shift changes, they will incur fines. These penalties are paid directly to you, compensating for the inconvenience.
    4. Good Faith Estimate: Upon starting a new job, your employer must provide a "good faith estimate" of what your typical work schedule will be, helping you set expectations and plan your time effectively.

How does it affect you?

Imagine you work at “Maple Leaf Boutique,” and your boss, Tom, changes your schedule at the last minute because one your co-workers, Sarah, calls in sick and there’s no one else to cover her shift. Under the Fair Workweek Laws, such sudden schedule changes can lead to violations unless they compensate you accordingly. If this happens frequently and you’re not properly compensated, you may be entitled to back pay for every instance where the law was not followed. This means that for each time Tom adjusts your schedule without adequate notice, the store could owe you additional pay as a penalty for the disruption.

Fair Workweek Laws are a game-changer for workers like you, especially in retail, fast food, and hospitality where schedules can be all over the place. Here’s how they help:

  • Less Stress: With schedules you can count on, it’s easier to juggle your life.
  • Financial Stability: Knowing your hours upfront helps you plan finances better.
  • Better Balance: Getting enough rest and saying no to last-minute shifts means a healthier work-life vibe.

How can I protect my rights on my own until I get help from Josephson Dunlap?

  • Document Everything: Keep track of your scheduled shifts and any changes that arise.
  • Speak Up! If something feels wrong, voice your concerns for yourself and your colleagues. Remember, you can also contact us at Josephson Dunlap for advocacy. You’re not alone!
  • Know Your Rights: Stay informed about the laws in your city or state, as they can evolve over time, ensuring you remain protected.

Josephson Dunlap will have your back every step of the way. With over 20 years of experience and a track record of success, our lawyers are ready to fight for you. Don’t benefit your employer by staying silent. Reach out today for free and let us help you get the wages you may be owed.

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