• Starbucks barista Oliver Savage poses for a photo in front of a Starbucks store near where he works Monday, Aug. 29, 2016, in Seattle. Savage is joining other workers and city leaders in pushing for new "secure scheduling" rules for retail and food-service businesses with hourly employees, including requiring them to schedule shifts two weeks in advance, and offer hours to existing employees before hiring new staff. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

    Starbucks barista Oliver Savage poses for a photo in front of a Starbucks store near where he works Monday, Aug. 29, 2016, in Seattle. Savage is joining other workers and city leaders in pushing for new "secure scheduling" rules for retail and food-... service businesses with hourly employees, including requiring them to schedule shifts two weeks in advance, and offer hours to existing employees before hiring new staff. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) (The Associated Press)

  • Starbucks barista Oliver Savage poses for a photo in front of a Starbucks store near where he works, Monday, Aug. 29, 2016, in Seattle. Savage is joining other workers and city leaders in pushing for new "secure scheduling" rules for retail and food-service businesses with hourly employees, including requiring them to schedule shifts two weeks in advance, and offer hours to existing employees before hiring new staff. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

    Starbucks barista Oliver Savage poses for a photo in front of a Starbucks store near where he works, Monday, Aug. 29, 2016, in Seattle. Savage is joining other workers and city leaders in pushing for new "secure scheduling" rules for retail and food-... service businesses with hourly employees, including requiring them to schedule shifts two weeks in advance, and offer hours to existing employees before hiring new staff. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) (The Associated Press)

  • Starbucks barista Oliver Savage poses for a photo in front of a Starbucks store near where he works, Monday, Aug. 29, 2016, in Seattle. Savage is joining other workers and city leaders in pushing for new "secure scheduling" rules for retail and food-service businesses with hourly employees, including requiring them to schedule shifts two weeks in advance, and offer hours to existing employees before hiring new staff. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

    Starbucks barista Oliver Savage poses for a photo in front of a Starbucks store near where he works, Monday, Aug. 29, 2016, in Seattle. Savage is joining other workers and city leaders in pushing for new "secure scheduling" rules for retail and food-... service businesses with hourly employees, including requiring them to schedule shifts two weeks in advance, and offer hours to existing employees before hiring new staff. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) (The Associated Press)

Seattle weighs new rules for businesses with hourly workers

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Seattle leaders have proposed new scheduling rules for hourly retail and food-service employees, including requiring employers to schedule shifts two weeks in advance and compensate workers for some last-minute changes.

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It's the latest push by a city that has led the nation on mandating worker benefits.

Seattle was among the first to phase in a $15 hourly minimum wage, mandate sick leave for many companies and offer paid parental leave for city workers.

Now, the mayor, city officials and labor-backed groups are targeting erratic schedules and fluctuating work hours they say make it difficult for people to juggle other commitments and plan for the future.

The Washington Retail Association and other businesses have criticized the proposal, saying it's too restrictive and imposes a one-size-fits-all approach that will create more problems.