On May 30, 2017, New York City passed a new law that will affect the retail and fast food industry in the city. This new law, which will be effective on November 26, 2017 includes five separate bills and is part of the Fair Workweek legislation package signed by Mayor Bill De Blasio.
Nearly one in five Americans have an unstable work schedule. Employees in the retail and fast food industry often have unpredictable schedules which make it difficult for them to seek additional employment, find care for their children, and further their education. This new law intends to provide these workers with not only more stability in the workplace but also in their personal lives. Although San Francisco and Seattle have passed similar laws, New York is the largest city to make such changes.