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• The Associated Press reports that Walmart "has launched a new scheduling system in about 650 Neighborhood Market stores that gives hourly workers more certainty about their schedules." The system could eventually be rolled out to all of Walmart's US stores, the company says.

According to the AP story, "There are about 62,000 hourly workers at the neighborhood stores where the new system is being deployed who now have two scheduling options. Those choosing fixed shifts are guaranteed the same weekly hours for up to six months. The remainder will stick to the current system of having three weeks advance notice and being able to choose their hours based on what’s available."

The retailer says that "the new software program will better predict staffing needs during peak hours, as well as and where and when to best deploy workers," while also being "more transparent when offering employees hours."
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