Ensure a Fair Workweek
|Category:||Wage and Labor|
|Sponsor:||Representative Gina Melaragno, House 62|
|Bill #:||LD 1345|
UPDATED 4/10/19: In an unprecedented move, Senator Shenna Bellows, the chair of the committee, stopped the public hearing mid-way through and asked the committee if they would unanimously approve stopping the hearing and immediately go into work session to kill the bill. They went into work session and unanimously killed it.
This bill requires employers who employ 5 or more employees in the State to provide hourly employees at least 2 weeks' prior notice of the employees' work schedules, with compensation owed for schedule changes under certain circumstances. The bill also requires these employers to keep certain business records for at least 3 years.
The bill provides that the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Standards may investigate possible violations and receive complaints of possible violations from the public. A fine of $50 per day is due for any noncompliance. The Attorney General may also file a civil action seeking additional remedies. The department may adopt rules regarding compliance with and enforcement of these provisions, and the bureau is required to report to the Legislature periodically on violations of the law and the bureau's efforts.