New York's Attorney General says employers' ''on-call'' work schedules may violate a labor law. He sent letters to Target, Gap and 11 other retailers. Fred Katayama reports.
Retailers who require hourly employees to check in on very short notice could be in for trouble. New York's attorney general is questioning them about so-called "on-call" work schedules that may violate a labor law. Eric Schneiderman says some employers require workers to check their email, phone or text messages just a few hours in advance to find out whether they're needed that day. He says that system makes it hard for workers to arrange for family needs or find other sources of income if they're not working that day. He sent letters to 13 national chains including Target, Gap, TJX, Ann, and JC Penney. Among other things, he wants to know if they penalize workers who don't comply. New York law requires that employees be paid at least four hours at the minimum hourly wage when they report for a scheduled shift, even if they're sent home. A Gap spokeswoman said, "Gap Inc is committed to establishing sustainable scheduling practices." She said the company is working with a law school to examine workplace scheduling and productivity. The other retailers contacted weren't immediately available for comment. The companies must respond by May 4.