When it comes to the wave of predictive scheduling legislation, there’s been a lot of discussion about who benefits. Here at HotSchedules, we believe that predictive scheduling, predictive schedules, and predictability in general, is a good thing for employees and employers. Hourly employees are looking to achieve work-life balance. Operators are seeking to achieve improved predictability in the business through sales forecasting and optimized schedules.
Over the past year, HotSchedules has worked with closely industry leaders and customers to identify the needs of both the business and the hourly employees. We discovered that the greatest need is to empower managers to make desired scheduling decisions that also comply with relevant predictive scheduling regulations – which aren’t exactly simple to navigate.
On November 2, 2017, HotSchedules launched a collection of breakthrough features aimed at addressing the unique compliance provisions with configurable labor rules, manager alerts to potential compliance violations, shift transaction reporting, and continuous electronic documentation.
What’s new and how do current HotSchedules customers get started? Let’s take a look.
Additional Predictive Scheduling Features Available Now
In light of the Predictive Scheduling regulations, we are releasing even more features that support the managers in their efforts to abide by common requirements such as “good faith estimate”, “advance notice of workweek schedule” and “right to rest between shift’” regulations. Read on to learn more.
Help Managers Avoid “Clopenings”
The new minimum hours threshold feature allows your company to set a default number of hours of rest between each shift. Managers can alter the default setting on the employee profile page to account for multiple geographies. Visual cues in the schedule will show a manager if they have violated the threshold allowing them to correct the mistake before they publish the schedule.
Catch Scheduling Mistakes Before They Happen
Mobile and web alerts notify managers if they are about to make a scheduling decision that could violate predictive scheduling regulations. This way, managers can make informed decisions when approving shift swaps or pickups that could violate the minimum time between shifts requirement or attempting to edit a published schedule. (Note: web alerts available beginning in 2018.)
Predictive Scheduling Documentation is Key!
A new schedule audit report provides time-stamped documentation for all shift transactions and schedule modifications – both voluntary and involuntary. Any change that violates predictive scheduling regulations in your geography can be assessed and shared with stakeholders. Filter the information by date range, employee or shift transaction type.
Want to learn more about Predictive Scheduling and how it may impact your business? Our blog has lots of great resources, and our latest Predictive Scheduling eBook for Restaurants digs into the common provisions, geographies, and types of operators that are affected by Predictive Scheduling. If you have questions or need further assistance, just reach out to Customer Care. They will be happy to help you out!