Retailers applaud state Department of Labor’s release of “on-time scheduling” regulations

ALBANY, NY – Retail Council of New York State President and CEO Ted Potrikus this morning issued the following statement:

Retailers thank Governor Cuomo and Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon for proposing a plan that creates a consistent and uniform policy on employee scheduling guidelines that will take effect across the entire state.

They did not rush recklessly into hastily-drafted laws or proposals that sound good in a press release but ultimately can discourage employers from providing the schedule flexibility that employees today want and need. We look forward to reviewing today’s proposed regulations in detail and are confident that we can reach with them the shared goal of retail job opportunities and schedule flexibility.

These regulations are stronger than any local law could be, particularly because state courts have reserved for the state the jurisdiction over worker protection issues such as employee scheduling. With that in mind, we’re eager to move the issue forward with the Governor and Commissioner Reardon, and thank them for their careful work on a complicated issue.

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