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San Francisco’s Worker ‘Bill of Rights’ Awaits Mayor’s Approval

San Francisco retail workers are one step closer to fairer wages and more consistent schedules. In a second vote, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Tuesday in favor of the measures to achieve more predictable scheduling and compensation for last-minute schedule changes and on-call shifts.

The legislation, which would affect chain businesses with 20 or more employees, now needs the signature of San Francisco mayor Ed Lee to become law. Even if the mayor rejects the bill, the measure has enough support from city supervisors to override a veto.

Under the new ordinance, employers would be required to give workers 14 days’ advance notice of their schedules. The mandate would also require companies to pay on-call workers for four hours of work. In addition, workers who are sent home early would be guaranteed pay for at least four hours.

The bill also orders retailers to offer part-time employees the same starting hourly pay rate, access to time off and promotion opportunities made available to full-time employees.

San Francisco has become a worker-friendly city, as of late. Earlier this month, 59 percent of voters cast ballots in favor of increasing the city’s minimum from the current rate $10.74 to $15 by 2017.