For Business Owners

The Chicago Fair Workweek Ordinance is designed to bring more stable schedules to working Chicagoans and will benefit employers as well as employees.

Research has shown that more stable schedules increase worker productivity, significantly boost profits, and improve worker retention.

Below are some common questions from the business community regarding the Chicago Fair Workweek Ordinance.

Will my company be affected by the Chicago Fair Workweek Ordinance?

The Chicago Fair Workweek Ordinance applies to the following business:

  • Business with 50 or more full- or part-time employees. If you have fewer than 50 full- or part-time employees, you’re exempt.
  • All hourly employees, and salaried employees that earn less than approximately $50,000 annually who work in the City of Chicago are covered by the Ordinance less they are exempted below.

The Chicago Fair Workweek Ordinance does NOT apply to:

  • All workers who are part of a collective bargaining agreement that waives the regulations and remedies provided by the Chicago Fair Workweek Ordinance.
  • All construction workers who are part of a collective bargaining agreement.
  • All shift changes that are mutually agreed upon between employees
  • All shift changes that are mutually agreed upon between the employer and the employee provided the agreement is in writing.
  • Those shift changes requested by the employee of the employer is in writing
  • Emergent shift changes and business operation disruptions beyond the control of the employer such as public utility failure, acts of nature or an event which causes civil authorities to recommend the closing of businesses.

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