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H.R. 5004 (116th): Schedules That Work Act

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Is that too burdensome a mandate on businesses, which may require such 11th hour adjustments?


Millions of Americans have jobs with erratic schedules subject to change as late at the last minute, particularly for hourly rather than salaried jobs.

That’s not just stressful for workers but their children; about 10% of children have parents with such jobs, which can make it difficult for those parents to plan childcare. Such work schedules are more likely to be experienced by women than men, and by nonwhite people than whites.

“Right to request” laws have recently been enacted in states including Vermont and cities including San Francisco. Countries such as the United Kingdom and Australia have such laws on a national level.

While specifics vary, these laws usually require a certain …

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Rosa DeLauro

Sponsor. Representative for Connecticut's 3rd congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Nov 8, 2019
Length: 50 pages
Nov 8, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on November 8, 2019, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


57 Cosponsors (57 Democrats)



Nov 8, 2019

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

H.R. 5004 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 5004. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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