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City Club of Eugene: Is Predictive Scheduling Right for Oregon?

Recorded on: June 2, 2017

Air Date: June 5, 2017

There are bills pending in the Oregon Legislature to require employers to pay employees the equivalent of 4 hours work if the employee is called in to work, but due to the employer, does not work a full shift. This applies to many businesses, but particularly restaurants.  The bill also requires employers in certain industries to engage in an interactive process on scheduling and requires employers to give the employees’ requested scheduling unless there is a bona fide business reason.  These and other requirements of the bill are intended to help workers and are favored by some workers and their supporters and strongly opposed by the Oregon Chamber of Commerce and other business groups who refer to the bill as the “Restrictive Scheduling Bill.”

You will learn what benefits and burdens this bill, if passed, would create for the parties and what the spillover effect would be on the public.   You will hear about polling and studies done by both sides on this important issue.

Mike Selvaggio has worked on public policy in Oregon for over 15 years. He is currently a small business owner and a contract lobbyist for several organizations including the Audubon Society, the Oregon Coalition of Police and Sheriff Deputies and the Oregon Working Families Party. Selvaggio was a last minute addition, as the scheduled speaker (Kevin Billman) had a medical emergency.

Mike Nesbitt is President of the Papa’s Group, owners of the Papa’s Pizza restaurants.  He serves as President of the Oregon Restaurant Association and is spending quite a bit of time in Salem, talking to legislators about this bill.  Mike started at Papa’s part time while in college when called by a former scout-master called and offered a him a part time job.  That led to full time employment with Papas for 17 years.  When the pervious owner retired, he and some others bought the company.  He has been running the company for the past twelve years.  He is looking to Idaho to open his next Papa’s location.  He enjoys the outdoors, including fishing, hunting and camping with his two golden retrievers.

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Born and raised in Eugene, Anni started at KLCC in 2000 as a reporter and co-host of Northwest Passage. After graduating from the University of Oregon, Anni moved to New York City. She worked in education for several years before returning to her true love, journalism. Anni co-founded and co-hosted Dailysonic, a narrative-based news podcast. She interned at WNYC's On The Media, then becoming WNYC's assistant producer of Morning Edition.