By Associated Press - Wednesday, January 13, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) - The D.C. Council is considering two bills that are meant to provide low-wage workers with more predictable work hours.

One bill would require the retail and food-service industries in the District of Columbia to provide their employees with written schedules at least 21 days in advance. The other would require janitors and maintenance workers in large office buildings to be given at least 30 hours of work per week.

Advocates for low-wage workers say many people in the food and retail industries receive uneven work hours and unpredictable schedules that make it difficult to arrange child care or hold down a second job.

A council committee will hold a hearing on the bills on Wednesday. Councilmember Vincent Orange, a Democrat who chairs the committee, is a co-sponsor of both measures.

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