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UPDATE: New York City Passes Fair Workweek Legislation

Published by and on July 19, 2017

Fast-food and retail employers in New York City will have until the end of November to begin complying with Fair Workweek laws.

Fast-food and retail employers in New York City will have until the end of November to begin complying with Fair Workweek laws.

A few weeks ago, we provided an overview of the proposed “fair workweek” legislation being considered in New York City. The package of “fair workweek” legislation passed the New York City Council, and on May 30, 2017, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed the legislation into law. The laws will go into effect on November 26, 2017 and outlines measures fast-food and retail employers must implement when scheduling employees. These laws also mandate that employers must retain records relating to scheduling, such as employee schedules, for a minimum amount of time.

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The passage of fair workweek legislation in the largest city in the U.S. indicates that this trend is gaining traction and could set the stage for other cities, or even states, to pass similar measures. Indeed, in Oregon, a fair workweek bill is making its way through the legislature and is set to become the first state-wide fair workweek law. The impact of such wide-scale initiatives has yet to be seen, and employers should carefully monitor the development of these recently passed laws.

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