Gap Announced by Beginning of Next year It will Phase Out On-Call Scheduling
Regulators for some time now has been calling on companies to do away with the "on-call scheduling" practice that create an erratic work schedule for the employees.
Gap Inc, the American multinational clothing and accessory retailer, headquartered in San Francisco announced that it will stop "on-call scheduling" practices which requires its employees to cater to last-minute shifts. The system of last minute rescheduling of shifts are likely to be detrimental to the employees and their families says workers' right groups and some academicians.
On Wednesday, the company said in a statement posted on its blog "At Gap Inc., we also believe that work-life integration enables all employees to reach their full potential and thrive both personally and professionally. We recognize that flexibility, inclusive of consistent and reliable scheduling, is important to all of our employees."
Facing pressure from the regulators and the public, some retailers like Starbucks, Abercrombie & Fitch and Victoria's Secret already have started slowly phasing out the unpopular practice.
In a statement Gap said that its five brands Gap, Athleta, Intermix, Banana Republic and Old Navy will be stopping the practice of on-call scheduling by next year beginning. They will provide the employees with at least ten to fourteen days' notice said the announcement made by the company on Wednesday.