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Current Laws and Trends in Flexible and Predictable Work Schedules That Allow Workers Better Life Balance


Current Laws and Trends in Flexible and Predictable Work Schedules That Allow Workers Better Life Balance

Workplace Fairness is the #1 Most Comprehensive Online Resource for Information About Workplace Rights

SILVER SPRING, Md. (July 10, 2018) – Workplace Fairness believes that treatment of workers is sound public policy and good business practice. In today’s workplace in some occupations the inability to have a flexible and predictable schedule makes it increasingly difficult for workers to balance other commitments, like providing child care, getting or keeping a second job, and accessing or receiving needed medical care, among other things.

Workers who want to advocate for more predictable and stable schedules may fear retaliation. Some employers permit employees flexibility in creating their schedules within parameters set by the employer. Workplace Fairness provides information regarding current laws and trends in flexible and predictive scheduling. To learn more about your rights with respect to flexible and predictive scheduling, see:

  1. What is flexible scheduling?
  2. What is predictive scheduling?
  3. What are the different types of flex-time scheduling?
  4. Does the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) address flexible work schedules?
  5. What federal law covers flexible schedules for federal employees?
  6. What is “Just-In-Time” scheduling?
  7. What are the effects of unpredictable scheduling practices on employees?
  8. Does the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) address predictable scheduling?
  9. Are there any federal laws that mandate predictive employee scheduling?
  10. Are there any state laws that mandate predictive employee scheduling?
  11. What is “clopening”?
  12. Are there scheduling protections to ensure that workers don’t have to do “clopening” shifts?


Some of the helpful information available:

Flexible scheduling is an alternative to the traditional 9 to 5, 40-hour work week. It allows an employee to work hours that differ from the normal start and stop time. Flexible scheduling gives employees stability in their schedule as well as opportunities to balance other commitments.

Predictive or Predictable scheduling refers to employers providing employees advance notice of their work schedule and minimizing alterations to an employee’s schedule once they are posted.

Currently, there are no federal laws that cover predictive scheduling. However, that could soon change. Recently, Congress introduced a bill called the Schedules That Work Act, which would allow employees to “request changes to their work schedule without fear of retaliation and ensure that employers consider these requests.”

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About Workplace Fairness 

Workplace Fairness is a nonprofit organization that provides information, education and assistance to individual workers and their advocates nationwide and promotes public policies that advance employee rights.

Our goals are that workers and their advocates are educated about workplace rights and options for resolving workplace problems and that policymakers, members of the business community and the public at large view the fair treatment of workers as both good business practice and sound public policy.

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Individual interviews with Workplace Fairness staff and members of the Board of Directors can be scheduled to discuss workplace issues for workers and employers.

Workplace Fairness works toward these goals by:

  • Making comprehensive information about workers' rights—free of legal jargon—readily available to workers and to advocates and organizations that assist workers;
  • Providing resources to support the work of legal services organizations, community-based organizations, law schools and private attorneys that provide free legal information and services to low-income workers;
  • Presenting the employee perspective in publications, policy debates and public discussion.

A 2017 Webby Award Honoree, the award-winning Workplace Fairness website has newly updated information throughout the site, as part of the web's most comprehensive resource educating workers about their legal rights in the workplace.

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Paula Brantner, Senior Advisor


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