Arlington , VA, 2016-Sep-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) issued the following statement in response to action taken today by the Washington, D.C. Council to end the consideration of legislation that would have been harmful to retail employees working in the nation’s capital. The Council tabled the measure on a vote of 9-4, ending consideration of the matter for foreseeable future.
“Retailers welcome the Council’s decision to withdraw this harmful proposal from consideration,” said Joe Rinzel, senior vice president for government affairs. “Restrictive scheduling would have hurt economic development in the city, and made it more difficult for students and seniors to obtain part-time or seasonal work with local retailers.”
The proposal, the Hours and Scheduling Stability Act of 2015, stalled in June after a divisive 3-2 vote in subcommittee.
“Retailers have anchored economic development across the city, with newly constructed stores attracting adjacent restaurants, small business and creating thousands of new jobs for local residents. District policymakers clearly recognize that restrictive scheduling legislation would have put this progress in jeopardy.”
RILA is the trade association of the world’s largest and most innovative retail companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers domestically and abroad.
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