On-call scheduling eliminated by Gap Inc
Finally a win for the employees of the retail brand Gap Inc. The employees working with retailers were usually expected to be at the store when on-call hours are scheduled for them by the retailers but they are not being paid if not called in. This practice is widely practiced by most retailers; however The New York Attorney General has finally reacted against it and has sent about 13 notices to some of the well-known brands like Gap Inc., Abercrombie & Fitch, and Target asking them to provide details regarding such shifts.
Gap Inc. has taken steps with regards to the on-call scheduling as the President of Banana Republic has written in a blog as a spokesperson from the retailer that they are working on removing this practice totally by September 2015. Andi Owen has mentioned in his post that all five brands of Gap Inc. have been working on it since the summer. The store heads have been informed about it and they all are committed to end it across their organization.
Athleta, Old Navy, Banana Republic, and others will inform their staffs in advance, say about 10 to 14 days before scheduling on-call hours.
Information with regards to the shift duty will be given to employees beforehand, and this will make scheduling more efficient and staffing can be managed accordingly by the stores. It will work for the stores but for an employee who has to manage things like arrange a baby sitter or has other jobs may not find it amusing. Eric T. Schneiderman, the New York Attorney General has a few concerns over this matter. He has ordered Gap Inc. on Wednesday to be fairer towards their employees regarding their on-call schedules. Abercrombie & Fitch has already eliminated this practice while Victoria Secret removed it in June. Gap Inc. is the latest to join the bandwagon.