Across the country, working people on the frontlines of America’s service economy are leading the fight for a fair workweek. From Oregon to New York City, Seattle to Washington, D.C., working people are coming together to make sure that they have hours they can count on to care for themselves and their families. Elected officials on the city, state and federal level are responding to this growing movement for reliable hours with robust policy solutions.

Since 2014, people working in hourly jobs have won fair workweek protections in seven municipalities and two states–and momentum is growing.

Fair Workweek policies ensure that working people have stable and predictable work hours, more opportunities to work full-time, healthier schedules with adequate rest, and a fair voice in when and how much they work. These basic standards can be reached by establishing modern work-hours policy including:

  • Predictable Schedules that you and your family can count on.
    Ensures work schedules at least two weeks in advance, pay for on-call or cancelled shifts, predictability pay for employer’s changing scheduling needs, the right to decline extra hours added with short-notice, and estimated weekly hours.

  • Opportunity to Work enough hours for a livable paycheck.
    Ensures that existing part-time employees have a chance to pick up newly available hours before their employer hires additional staff.

  • Healthy Schedules for time to sleep, commute, and care for yourself and family.
    Ensures 10-11 hours of rest between shifts with the right to decline or overtime pay for working shifts with less rest to allow

  • Flexibility to be there for our families.
    Ensures working people can have flexibility and make scheduling requests to adjust their availability without fear of termination, reduction in hours, or other retaliation.

The Fair Workweek Initiative provides resources, issue expertise, and support on policy drafting and enforcement to advocates and policymakers across the country. Please contact Rachel Deutsch ( for the Fair Workweek Initiative’s model legislation, policy toolkits, and support on fair workweek policy development.