Neighborhood Spotlight: New Ordinance Paves the Way for Bright Future for Chicago

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Living smarter in Chicago just got a little easier as a new ordinance seeks to provide the nation’s most expansive schedule requirements for workers.

The City Council on July 24 approved legislation to ensure hourly workers in Chicago are guaranteed fair working conditions and scheduling stability that will allow them to maximize their income and better care for their families, a press release reads. 

“The New Fair Workweek Ordinance stands as a bold step in providing the reliability our working families both need and deserve,” said Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot. “I understand firsthand the burden lack of scheduling stability places on a family.”

The legislation is the result of a collaboration with labor, businesses, industry groups, and other organizations across a variety of industries, including manufacturing, retail, and hospitality.

“We have arrived at a set of reforms which strikes the right balance between the needs of employers and employees,” Lightfoot said, “as well as serves as a model for the nation on supporting worker fairness and worker’s rights.”

Paving the way for the nation

According to the news release, Chicago’s Fair Workweek legislation is the most expansive of any city in the nation. The goal is to provide “relief for hundreds of thousands of workers, create conditions for inclusive growth for employers and businesses, and pave the way to greater financial stability for working families across the city,” the release said.

It requires hourly workers to be protected from unpredictable, last-minute scheduling changes, requiring employers to schedule employees 10 days in advance to start. That requirement increases to 14 days advance notice in 2022, directing employers to ban scheduling practices that could have a negative impact on families.

As a result, pay should be more predictable, and employees have a right to decline a last-minute schedule change but can still accept additional hours should an opportunity present itself. 

“A huge win” for Chicago

Chicago is a hub for the medical profession, known for its schools and other training programs in healthcare. 

To accommodate emergency situations that happen, the ordinance does allow some flexibility to healthcare providers to ensure access to care will not be interrupted.

Chicago Federation of Labor President Bob Reiter called the changes a “huge win” for Chicago’s workers, commending Mayor Lightfoot and the City Council for their hard work to get it approved. The ordinance will go into effect July of 2020, and will be administered and enforced by the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection. 

“The effort will have a positive impact on thousands of city residents who will no longer be forced to choose between their job and family priorities,” said Michael Rodriguez, alderman and chief co-sponsor of the ordinance. “Mandating fair scheduling is an important step to honor and respect our working class citizens.”

Love where you live, love where you work

One of several important values of our community team at Scio at the Medical District is helping facilitate work-life balance for our residents. Conveniently located in steps away from some of the area’s most prestigious medical schools, we embrace a no commute lifestyle. 

Many of our residents walk to work or school, so we understand the important changes legislation like this can have on their lives. 

To schedule a tour, or for more information about Scio, call (312) 427-1855 or visit us online.

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