Urban Outfitters to no longer use on call scheduling in New York

In New York state, Urban Outfitters stores will no longer use on-call scheduling in its stores. The retailer is just the latest to do so in response to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s investigation into employers requiring workers to come in for shifts on short notice.

ABC News reports that the retailer plans to begin the change next month. The company has agreed to provide employees with their schedules at least one week in advance.

Urban Outfitters has yet to make a formal statement on the matter.

Schneiderman’s office wrote to at least thirteen retailers about the practice. The letters also cited potential violations of a New York requirement that says hourly staff must be paid for at least four hours when they report to work.

Other retailers with similar agreements include Bath and Body Works, Victoria’s Secret, GAP, and Abercrombie and Fitch. Gap stated that the agreement will branch into their other brands, such as Banana Republic and Old Navy.

Abercrombie has said that they will stop on-call scheduling in New York by the end of the year. The long term goal is to end it nationwide. The scheduling change will also apply to brands Hollister and Abercrombie Kids.

Letters were also sent to companies like J. Crew, Burlington Coat Factory, TJX, Target, Sears, Williams-Sonoma, Crocs, and J.C. Penny. The inquires revealed that TJX, and its stores T.J Maxx and Marshalls do not currently use on-call scheduling in their New York stores.

Schneiderman previously targeted employers in New York that underpaid low-wage workers. His efforts earned workers over $17 Million in restitution in the food service, construction, and other industries.


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