Effort seeks increased schedule stability for part-time workers

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“Just in time” scheduling is commonplace in retail and service industry jobs. | Courtesy of Creative Commons

The practice of scheduling part-time workers at irregular intervals to cover peak demand is drawing scrutiny and generating efforts, including congressional legislation, to make work schedules more predictable.

The use of “just in time” scheduling is commonplace in retail, food service and other industries. It’s seen as a way to make operations more efficient and profitable.

But such scheduling, made more precise in recent years by the use of computer scheduling software, often leads to hardship for employees, who have difficulty arranging transportation, child care and personal schedules when their work schedules are prone to fluctuation.

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