By Angela Musallam

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A new bill is aimed at making life a little bit easier for working parents in the retail, grocery and restaurant industries.

The “Reliable Scheduling Act” — or Senate Bill 878– was just introduced, calling for a set work schedule.

Waitressing at Broderick’s in West Sacramento is more than just a job for Camry Hicks — it gives her the chance to be a hands-on mom.

“I would rather work nights but I have to make sure she gets her homework done, gets fed and bathed,”, says Hicks.

Life as a waitress isn’t easy. Hicks says her schedule tends to change, and her days and hours aren’t set in stone.

The California Labor Federation, which co-sponsors the bill, says it would give more stability to working moms in the restaurant, retail and grocery industries.

The bill calls for employers to give employees a set schedule for three weeks of work, at least seven days in advance.

According to the California Labor Federation, one in three mothers receive their work schedules one week or less in advance – and that puts moms like Camry — in a tough spot.

“I can’t just pick up a shift at the drop of a dime, I can’t just say ‘yea, I’ll be there in 30 minutes’, I
have to call around.”

Camry’s sister is part of her support system and without her help, Camry would have a hard time working and taking care of her daughter.

But, she says this bill — and having a set schedule — would make all the difference.

“We’ll be able to go out and do more things. I can make appointments and spend more time with my daughter.”

The bill also calls for employees to be compensated for last minute schedule changes.

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