Weighing Priorities for Part-Time Workers
An Early Evaluation of San Francisco's Formula Retail Scheduling Ordinance
• Just one in seven (13.9 percent) of part-time workers in San Francisco are estimated to be working that schedule involuntarily;
• Formula retail establishments have a higher proportion of students as part-time workers – 28.3 percent versus 6.7 percent at all establishments.These data cast doubt on a basic premise of the legislation – that part-time workers in San Francisco are plagued by "insufficient" hours. Rather, most are voluntarily working part-time Also important for policymakers to understand is how San Francisco businesses have reacted to the scheduling mandate. Dr. Lloyd Cordor and his research team at CorCom designed a survey of 52 formula retail businesses operating within San Francisco that were affected by this law. To respond to these new requirements formula retailers are now less flexible with employees schedule changes (35 percent), offering fewer part-time positions (21 percent), scheduling fewer employees per shift (19 percent) and offering fewer jobs across the board (17 percent). The law’s proponents may be satisfied with the unintended consequences of the formula retail law – fewer part-time position, and less flexibility for those that remain – but they appear to be at odds with the preferences of the employees.