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Restaurant workers can face scheduling issues

People who work in restaurants, especially those who depend on tips, need to work when the restaurant is busy to make the money they need. The issue with this is that they also need to live life. Having to be at the mercy of the restaurant doesn't give you much of a life.

The conundrum here is that trends in restaurant scheduling don't usually allow the managers to make schedules more than one scheduling period ahead of time. This can make it difficult for employees to make any type of plans that require advanced notice.

Requests for time off are simply requests

In some job industries, you can put in a notice that you need a certain day off and move on with your life secure in knowing that you will be off from work. This isn't the case when you work in the restaurant industry because of certain days of the year, such as Christmas, when many people will want to stay home. You can imagine how that would make it difficult to make plans for the holiday.

Restaurants must put the business' need to satisfy customers first. This means that they often have to get creative with how they schedule employees. Another factor that impacts scheduling is the high turnover that these restaurants have. Untrained servers, for example, couldn't handle as many tables as a trained and experienced server, so if an experienced server quits suddenly, management has to get someone to cover the open shifts.

States are taking notice of the issues

In New York, a bill was introduced earlier this year that would require quick-service restaurants to post schedules for employees with at least a two-week notice. While this wouldn't take away all of the instability of the job, it would make it possible to plan time away since you don't have to wait until the last second.

This bill also includes stipulations that workers must be compensated for a last-minute change of the schedule. It also requires that workers have at least 10 hours between shifts, which could prevent restaurants from having workers close one night and open in the morning. Many workers might like hearing this possibility.

There is also the issue of discrimination when scheduling occurs. Some managers might have their favorite employees. When this is determined by illegal factors, such as race, age, or gender, the person who is suffering from the discrimination might opt to pursue legal action against the restaurant.

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