City Councilor says bill could have ‘potentially disastrous consequences’

Albuquerque City Council

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Albuquerque City Councilor Dan Lewis called on the sponsors of the proposed Albuquerque Fair Workweek Act to withdraw their bill.

He believes the introduction of the bill has already had negative effects by creating second thoughts among businesses considering expansion into the Albuquerque market.

The Albuquerque Fair Workweek Act is intended to provide employees with more predictability in their work schedules.

The bill includes:
• Require employers to post employee schedules at least 21 days in advance and pay a penalty, called predictability pay, if that schedule changes
• Require employers to allow a secret ballot among employees to decide on an alternate schedule such as four 10 hour shifts or three 12 hour shifts
• Require employers to allow employees to trade shifts regardless of skill level or experience
• Require employers to pay idle employees up to $150 every two weeks to keep them on the payroll when there’s no work

The councilor says that he knows the sponsors of the bill intend to help workers, but believes the bill has already created too many issues.

“I know that the sponsors of this bill are sincere public servants who intended to introduce legislation that helps working people,” Councilor Lewis said. “I applaud them in this effort, and I recognize that they are willing to amend it or defer it while an economic impact study is conducted. But the best solution to the problems that have already been created by the introduction of his bill is to withdraw it as soon as possible and have the discussion without the bill on the table.”

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