Walmart is Rolling Out Big Changes to Worker Schedules This Year (February 17, 2016)
By Lydia DePillis, Washington Post
After nearly two years of testing, Walmart is ready to roll out extensive scheduling changes for its hourly workforce in hopes of improving the daily experience for employees.
For many workers, low wages aren’t the only downside of a job in retail. Many have to cope with shifts that can change on short notice in response to store traffic, making it difficult to fit in other priorities like school and childcare.
But those practices been changing over the past year, as companies respond to increasing public awareness around the impact on workers’ lives of “just-in-time” scheduling. The changes come as states and cities across the country pursue proposals that would require companies to provide more predictable hours for workers, following first-in-the-nation legislation for retail workers in San Francisco.