INDIANAPOLIS – A proposal authored by State Senator Karen Tallian (D-Portage) will be heard in the Senate Pensions and Labor Committee on Wednesday. Senate Bill (SB) 416 would protect employees affected by call-in shifts that get cut before the shift begins or when the employee arrives at work.

The initiative aims to hold employers accountable for these hours by making them pay employees half of the unworked hours, as scheduled, if the employee is sent home, released from work early or the entire shift is terminated.

“When employees are scheduled to work, they are expecting to receive a certain amount of income,” said Sen. Tallian. “When they arrive at work and those hours are suddenly cut, they are thrust into a level of income uncertainty.”

The proposal would also require an employer that fails to post a schedule or pay an employee for the unworked hours to be liable to the employee for the amount of the unpaid wages and for an equal additional amount as liquidated damages in order to help ensure workers’ expected wages.

The public is invited to testify on SB 416 in committee on Wednesday.

Sen. Tallian represents Senate District 4 which encompasses portions of northern Porter County and Michigan, Coolspring and New Durham townships in LaPorte County. For more information on Sen. Tallian, her legislative agenda or other State Senate business call 1-800-382-9467 or visit