ALBANY (AP)—New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced new regulations Friday that seek to crack down on employers keeping hourly workers “on call,” available to be called in at a moment’s notice.
The new labor rules would establish a 14-day advance notice standard for scheduling and require two hours’ extra pay for last-minute assignments. If a shift is canceled by the employer within 72 hours of its start time, or if a worker is required to be on standby to be called in to work, the worker must be provided at least four hours of call-in pay.
The extra pay wouldn’t apply if an employee volunteers to fill in for a co-worker who had been scheduled 14 days in advance.
The statewide regulations, set to take effect in January after a 45-day public comment period, supersede rules enacted by New York City this year ending on-call scheduling for retail workers in the city and requiring two weeks’ scheduling notice for fast-food workers.
“Our union is delighted with what has been proposed,” said Stuart Appelbaum, president of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union. “The regulations will go a long way in improving the lives of retail workers.”
But Ted Potrikus, president of the Retail Council of New York State, praised the plan that was developed after a series of public hearings that included input from business interests. He said the plan “creates a consistent and uniform policy on employee scheduling guidelines that will take effect across the entire state.”