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Seattle City Council Passes Secure Scheduling, Protects Worker Rights

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Starbucks is one of the companies whose employees should benefit from the secure scheduling law.
Starbucks is one of the companies whose employees should benefit from the secure scheduling law.
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SEATTLE—Employees of large companies scored a win yesterday when the Seattle City Council unanimously passed a "secure scheduling" law that Mayor Ed Murray is expected to sign. The law, opposed by the Washington Retail Association, "is intended to address retail and food service employees’ unpredictable working conditions by requiring employers to provide workers with a good-faith estimate of hours upon hiring, provide work schedules two weeks in advance, and requires compensation for workers if their hours are changed or if they’re asked to work back-to-back shifts that prevent adequate resting time," according to a release from the office of the mayor. Huge. []

DOWNTOWN—McCormick’s Fish House at 722 4th Ave is closed; thanks to a reader for the tip. The company, owned by Landry’s, still has a restaurant in Bellevue and another in South Lake Union, McCormick and Schmick’s Harborside. An employee for that location tells Eater the fish house’s lease ran out and the owners decided not to renew. [EaterWire]

EASTLAKEBlind Pig Bistro at 2238 Eastlake Ave E is closing after service November 12, also due to a decision not to renew a lease; owners Charles Walpole and Rene Gutierrez will seek other opportunities together, with or without the same restaurant name. Babirusa, the owners’ bar next door, remains unaffected by the shutter. [Seattle Met]

SEATTLEThe Stranger has released its Back to School 2016 guide, which, alongside advice on access to birth control and which drugs to do, has a handful of food-related features, including The Best Cafes for Late Night Studying. [The Stranger]

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