What’s at Stake Today

When an employer assigns shifts only a day or two ahead of time, or cancels them at the last minute, or when the hours an employee is scheduled to work fluctuate wildly from week to week, working people struggle to maintain stable child care, pursue education to advance their careers, get needed medical care — or simply get enough hours at their jobs to get by.

What Is NWLC Doing?

Unpredictable, unstable work schedules over which workers have little control have a cascade of negative consequences, both for working women and their families. The harm is compounded for part-time workers, who often make less per hour and lack access to important workplace protections. To make matters worse, millions of women lack access to paid leave or sick days, forcing them to choose between their health and financial security. But there’s a growing movement for new and strengthened workplace protections against these unfair workplace practices — and we’re at the forefront of that effort.

We are working to pass the Schedules That Work Act, which would give employees a voice in their work schedules and equip them with the tools they need to get more stable, predictable schedules. We are also championing the Part-Time Worker Bill of Rights to expand workplace protections and access to benefits for people working part-time. Together, these bills would lower workforce turnover, promote the health and well-being of working families, and lead to a more equitable economy. And we are partnering with state and local advocates to seek similar reforms across the country.