Chicago employees who face unpredictable work shifts finally get a break: the Fair Workweek” ordinance takes full effect for 2021. The Fair Workweek Ordinance requires certain employers to provide workers with predictable work schedules and compensation for changes.
Under the ordinance, employers must give workers 10 days advance notice of their schedules. The time frame will increase to 14 days by 2022. Specifically covered employees are given:
- Advance notice of work schedule.
- Right to decline previously unscheduled hours.
- 1 hour of Predictability Pay for any shift change within 10 days.
- Right to rest by declining work hours less than 10 hours after the end of previous day’s shift.
Employees also have the right to decline to work previously unscheduled hours, or be paid for an additional hour of work, if their schedules change within 10 days. Workers also have the right to decline to start a new shift less than 10 hours after the end of the previous day’s shift.
The law applies to employees who work in building services, health care, hotels, manufacturing, restaurants, retail and warehouse services industries who earn less than $26 per hour or $50,000 per year, and employers who have at least 100 employees globally. The law applies to restaurants that have 250 or more employees and 30 locations.
Employees can file a lawsuit if an employer violates the ordinance.
Do you think your employer violated the Fair Workweek Ordinance? Contact Jeff.