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UPDATE: Philly Fair Workweek Law Passed By City Council, Mayor Expected To Sign

Published by and on January 15, 2019

Philadelphia’s Fair Workweek law will impose new scheduling and compensation requirements on retail, hospitality, and food service employers.

On December 6, 2018, Philadelphia City Council passed the Fair Workweek Employment Standards Ordinance (“Fair Workweek law”). Philadelphia’s Mayor Jim Kenney has pledged his support for the bill and is expected to sign the bill into law in the near future. Once signed, the law will take effect on January 1, 2020. The Fair Workweek law is intended to provide hourly employees with predictable work schedules and pay for those who work for covered retail, hospitality, and food services employers.

Covered employers will be required to (1) give advance notice of employee work schedules, (2) compensate employees for changed work schedules, (3) allow employee rest breaks between work shifts, and (4) offer additional work to existing employees prior to hiring new employees. For additional details regarding covered employer requirements, check here and here.

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While the Fair Workweek law imposes significant requirements, most Philadelphia employers are not covered by the law and will not be required to comply with these new rules. Covered employers include retail, hospitality, and food service employers, who employ at least 250 employees and have at least 30 locations worldwide.

As Mayer Kenney is expected to the sign the bill into law, covered employers should seek counsel and prepare to be in compliance by January 1, 2020.

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