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NY Labor Department puts predictive scheduling regulations on hold

Dwayne Blee

The New York State Department of Labor has, for now, dropped its proposed changes to laws that affect workers who can be called into work at short notice.

The proposal would have required employers to give workers extra "call-in pay" if they were on call but not asked to come in, sent home early, or had a shift cancelled less than 72 hours before it was scheduled to start.

The plan was based on employee complaints about a car wash in Queens, but critics said it was used as a one-size-fits-all approach.

The Labor Department made revisions to its proposal in December after hearing extensive feedback from small and medium-sized businesses and their advocates, who said the regulations would have hurt employers and employees alike by leading to job cuts.

A spokesperson for the New York State Department of Labor said in a written statement that due to the constraints of the regulatory process, the decision was made to let the process expire and re-evaluate in the future, possibly in partnership with the state legislature, which would have a broader authority to balance the various concerns of workers, businesses and industries.

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