Sen. Warren: Low-wage workers deserve predictable schedules

Warren is pushing a bill aimed at encouraging more dependable employee schedules.

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2015 file photo, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is hoping the holiday season will bring attention to one of her major legislative priorities.

The Massachusetts Democrat says some retail, restaurant and fast food workers are at the mercy of erratic work schedules during the holidays.

Warren says half of low-wage workers say they have little or no say over the hours they are scheduled to work and up to 30 percent say they can be called into work at the last minute.

Warren is pushing a bill aimed at encouraging more dependable employee schedules.

Warren said her bill targets practices like placing workers “on-call” with no guarantee of work hours, scheduling them for “split shifts” of nonconsecutive hours, and sending workers home early without pay when demand is low.

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