New Measures Taken in Washington and Oregon Regarding Paid Time Off

Washington state and Oregon have recently made headlines with changes they have enacted in regard to paid time off. Oregon made amendments to their paid-sick-time law, which more clearly defines some areas that rose questions, while Washington passed a paid family and medical leave program. Washington’s S.B. 5975 puts into place an option of providing paid leave for 12 weeks for employees that have a new child or need to… Read More »New Measures Taken in Washington and Oregon Regarding Paid Time Off

Municipality Employee Scheduling Legislation Trends

San Francisco, Emeryville, and San Jose are three main cities in California that have been a part of the local government trend in setting legislation surrounding employee scheduling. San Francisco enacted the Retail Workers Bill of Rights, which spawned similar legislation in other municipalities. A recent podcast by Littler Workplace Policy Institute (WPI) explored the increasing shift of municipality statutes regulating hiring and scheduling of workers. The WPI pointed out… Read More »Municipality Employee Scheduling Legislation Trends

Effects of Irregular Shifts and Work Schedules

Irregular shifts and on-call work schedules usually result in working variable hours throughout the week or even the month. Shift work is typically used to describe hours worked outside the regular 9a.m. to 5p.m. time frame, and includes evenings, nights, overnight, and on-call. Split shifts and rotating shifts also contribute to the irregular employee scheduling pattern across industries.  The causes of these irregular shifts and irregular employee schedules vary, but… Read More »Effects of Irregular Shifts and Work Schedules

Scheduling Tips for Night Shifts

Dispatch operations, medical facilities, hospitals, transportation, manufacturing plants, utility companies, and other businesses that operate 24/7 or schedule maintenance after hours must schedule employees to work night shifts. There are many factors to consider to ensure that employees are scheduled correctly to provide the needed shift coverage, don’t have conflicting shifts, receive the required rest period between shifts, and are properly compensated. There are federal and state laws to consider… Read More »Scheduling Tips for Night Shifts

Browning-Ferris Joint Employer Status Case Update

The public at large is still waiting for a decision from the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on whether the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) ruling in 2015, which changed the definition of joint employer, will be upheld. On March 9, 2017, Browning Ferris Industries (BFI), the NLRB, and the Union presented oral arguments to the D.C. Circuit Court. The circuit judges involved include Patricia Millet, Raymond Randolph, and Robert… Read More »Browning-Ferris Joint Employer Status Case Update

Schedule Views — Minimum Row Height and Cell Padding

In a recent update to Snap Schedule 365, we made an improvement to the Task View by Employee that reduced the size of task assignments by 10 pixels (5 pixels of padding on both the top and bottom).  We did this to allow the underlying shift assignment to be visible even when the task assignments cover the entire shift.  An example of that extra padding is shown below. We’ve heard… Read More »Schedule Views — Minimum Row Height and Cell Padding

New Skills in Snap Schedule 365

Employees in Snap Schedule 365 have always enjoyed the concept of skills held.  Each skill can be set with an expiration date and a warning period, and if the employee’s skill has expired (or is about to expire), a flag is displayed on the schedule bringing that to your attention.  Skills have also come into play in the Skills Requirements section of the Shift View.  In that view, the number… Read More »New Skills in Snap Schedule 365

A New Task View to Combat June Gloom

The calendar says that Summer starts tomorrow, but here in Seattle, at least, one would never know it by looking outside. The pewter skies and cool temperatures belie the fact of tomorrow’s summer solstice. Rather than lament the bleak vista, the Snap Schedule 365 development team decided to create a whole new view as we look forward to the lazy days of summer. Task View by Task The new view… Read More »A New Task View to Combat June Gloom

Using Custom Fields With Your Data

Snap Schedule 365 gives you the ability to define all sorts of schedule-related data, but there are still instances when you need to input scheduling data that Snap Schedule 365 does not directly support. To capture this requirement, Snap Schedule 365 lets you define new fields for your schedule data. Up to ten text fields, five date fields, five numeric fields, and five checkboxes can be defined for each schedule… Read More »Using Custom Fields With Your Data

Offering Flexible Work Schedules

Employers and schedulers have many options when creating employee schedules. A new trend that adds to the long list of options is the flexible work schedule. Many industries do require employees of certain departments to be in the office, but with today’s technologies, working on the go or from home is a viable option. A benefit employers are experiencing from offering a flexible work schedule is a reduction in time… Read More »Offering Flexible Work Schedules