Fair Workweek Legislation Continues to Gain Momentum: Chicago Weighs Laws

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The trend of predictable scheduling legislation continues to move across the country. The latest city to examine the issue is Chicago. In short time, the Chicago city council will vote on the “Chicago Fair Workweek Ordinance.” If passed, the set of laws would take place on January 1st 2019. We’ve written a great explainer to highlight what Fair Workweek/ predictable scheduling laws usually entail. The legislation is designed to mirror laws recently put in place in New York, San Francisco, Seattle, and Oregon.

While the law has both supporters and critics, two Chicago aldermen recently wrote an opinion piece for the Chicago Tribune, advocating the passage of these laws (8/17/2018). The piece written by aldermen John Arena and Ameya Pawar details their support. As they put it, “the City Council has the chance to make life more stable and predictable for hundreds of thousands of workers.”  

The two politicians also declare that the set of proposed legislation is a “compromise” made after hearing concerns from both business owners and employees. Specifically, the bill was amended to exempt businesses with fewer than 50 employees.

Some details of the proposed legislation include:
1) the posting of ordinances,
2) providing good faith estimates,
3) written notice of work hours no later than 14 days before the first day of the workweek, and
4) providing employees a “right to rest” – ie., the ability to decline to work set to occur in the 11 hours following the end of a shift.

Though the details of these laws are complex, one item of note is that employee-initiated shift swaps are not restricted by this legislation. When two employees decide to swap (trade) shifts with each other, the employer can approve that trade, without penalty, within the two week advance notice period.

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Apps such as Shyft facilitate this type of worker flexibility, allow for manager approval, and create the electronic records necessary for compliance. Shyft’s app is much more practical than other methods such as Facebook groups, text messages etc. and has been proven to reduce callouts and no shows.  

Added benefits of compliance with these laws can include increased employee morale and retention. This means reduced investments in staffing, hiring, and training. Our case study with an international brand showed similar results.

At Shyft, we are closely monitoring these workplace trends and creating solutions that benefit employees as well as business owners. Unlike other shift-swapping practices, our best-in-class mobile platform offers record-keeping and reporting to ensure legal compliance. We have created an end-user focused, engaging mobile experience that empowers shift workers while simultaneously providing employers with the tools they need to drive conversion while staying compliant.

Continue to check our blog for more updates on predictable scheduling legislation.

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