Since their enactments in San Francisco (2016) and Seattle (2017), restrictive scheduling proposals have spread throughout the country at the state and local levels.
In 2018, RILA will continue to work with policymakers to show why flexible scheduling is critical to both retail operations and the needs of the retail workforce. Flexibility is important now more than ever as retail fights to remain competitive in the age of the gig economy.
The 2016 Presidential campaign was the first in history to see both major candidates support some form of paid family leave. Since then, the topic of paid leave has been discussed extensively at local, state and federal levels. In fact, several states are looking to create or expand paid leave laws in 2018. In addition, several proposals have been introduced by federal lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.
Some proposals, such as the FAMILY Act, seek to create a federally mandated leave program while others like the Work Flex for the 21st Century Act offer employers a voluntary program that would preempt state and local laws. These proposals are still unlikely to pass the Congress, but some movement has occurred. Within the GOP led tax reform bill, a tax credit to incentivize businesses to offer leave was included in the final passed language.
RILA will work proactively with member companies, lawmakers and external stakeholders to pursue a federal approach, instead of state by state or locality by locality specific laws, that benefits the retail workforce from part-time hourly to full-time positions.