If an employee must work beyond hours, whether after work or a weekend, the law requires offices to pay extra for the trouble. This sounds okay for occupations with regular schedules, which is why those with irregular schedules cry unfair. Despite compensation, however, the afterhours are finally taking their toll on workers physically, mentally, and socially.
Enter H.R. 5159, also known as the Schedules that Work Act. This legislation aims to end on-call schedules by giving workers more rights to flexible work schedules. Proponents aren’t asking to change the law-mandated 40-hour work schedule. They only want to be given a heads-up every time they receive a valid reason to work after hours.