While many people have the same schedule for work in any given week, this is a luxury most in the Los Angeles retail industry do not enjoy. According to a recent news article from CBS Los Angeles, a new study from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), finds most retail workers face the difficulties of a constantly shifting schedule and it creates a serious hardship in many aspects of their lives, especially when it comes to arranging for child care.
Working in a retail environment often means workers must wait for the next week’s schedule to come out to know what days and hours they will be required to work. There is often a mechanism for requesting certain times off, but employer’s do not always approve such requests, and even if they do, it is not uncommon for these approved-requests to be completely ignored when putting out a schedule. This is not only true for those in the retail industry, but also for those in the service industry, such as working at a restaurant. Continue reading