Adopt a Retail Workers' Bill of Rights

Last updated: May 14, 2015

Details about this bill
Category: Wage and Labor
Status: Defeated
Sponsor: Representative Janice Cooper, House 107
Session: 127
Bill #: LD 1101



UPDATE 4/30/15: The Committee voted Unanimously Ought Not to Pass. The bill is dead.


This bill amends the laws regarding the employment practices of employers at retail establishments by requiring the following:

1. Two weeks' prior notice of work schedules to employees, with compensation owed for schedule changes under certain circumstances;

2. Paying part-time employees the same wage as full-time employees;

3. Providing part-time employees the same paid or unpaid time off as full-time employees;

4. Providing part-time employees the same eligibility for promotions as full-time employees; and

5. Offering additional work to part-time employees before hiring new employees or using contractors or temporary staffing services under certain circumstances.

The bill also requires these employers to keep certain business records for at least 3 years. 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 of Labor may adopt rules to help implement compliance and enforcement of these provisions and must report to the Legislature periodically on violations of the law and its efforts.