Chicago Enacts Sweeping Scheduling Rights Law

August 16, 2019

Chicago passed what is arguably the nation's most expansive scheduling rights law, which will apply to health care and manufacturing employers in addition to those in the hotel, building services, retail, or warehouse services industries when it takes effect on July 1, 2020.

The Chicago Fair Workweek Ordinance applies to hourly employees earning less than $26 per hour and salaried employees making less than $50,000 a year who work in the industries mentioned above.

Covered employers will be required to provide employees 10 days' notice of their schedules beginning July 1, 2020.  Beginning July 1, 2022, the required notice period will extend to 14 days.  If a shift is altered after the deadline, a covered employee will have to be paid one extra hour of pay.  If an employee takes a shift less than 10 hours from their previous shift, they must be paid at 1.25 times their regular rate.  If a shift is cancelled or hours are reduced with less than 24 hours' notice, they must be paid 50% of their regular rate for the cancelled hours.

Scheduling rights picking up pace:  One state and five cities now have predictable scheduling laws in place, including Oregon, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Seattle.  Expect this trend to continue.