On-Call Shifts: Abercrombie & Fitch to End Last-minute Scheduling

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NEW YORK–A lot of us have to wait by the phone, on call, at least once in a while.

But “on-call” seems to be a way of life for lots of retail and restaurant workers.

“Be ready to come in today. But don’t be surprised if we say we don’t need you,” seems to be the policy.

Well, one company’s about to buck that trend.

“Abercrombie & Fitch” says it’ll stop using on call shifts this year, but only in New York.

That’s because the state of New York says scheduling workers on short notice might violate state law, which says if workers report for work, they have to get paid for at least four hours.

A&F says they’ll put out schedules a week in advance then figure out how to handle any open shifts.

Hey, it’s only in New York for now, but it sure sounds like something workers everywhere would appreciate.

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