Cue the inevitable whinging from the corporate apologists bemoaning how allowing shift employees to be able to have something resembling a normal work-life balance will be such an imposition on all those poor, put-upon business owners and is just another skid down the slippery slope to socialism in ...3...2...1...
I am just glad you explained what a "clopening" is.

These changes just seem like something a decent employer would already be doing, quite frankly. I have never run a small business, but I never quite understood why it was so hard for these guys to just tell employees when they are working.

I worked fast food for a couple years and at a Blockbuster video for a couple years in high school, and they always had the schedule posted at least a week in advance, and any changes were always discussed ahead of time. Doesn't seem that hard.
I work for a business that is affected by this ordinance. So far, the only difficult part has been the 2 weeks notice of schedule. Our business volume varies wildly from week to week, so it's hard to plan that far ahead. And not everyone loves having to plan their time-off requests 3 weeks in advance (for some, I'm sure the stability is great).

For the rest, it's kind of common sense stuff we were already doing. I always made an effort not to schedule anyone a "clopen," nor make any involuntary changes after the schedule was published.

Overall, I think it is a positive move.
This is good. There is absolutely no excuse for companies not to be doing these things. Back in the 80s and 90s, I worked at three large national chains. My managers always scheduled us far ahead of time, didn't send us home if business was slow, wouldn't make us do opening the day after closing (unless someone requested it -- and I didn't really mind it, at the time I just wanted as many hours as possible). And they were somehow able to do these things back in the era of paper schedules. What's changed? Greed.
"In the past, the city has done a notoriously shitty job of enforcing its labor protections. In hopes of fixing that, the mayor and city council approved funding last fall to double the size of the Office of Labor Standards". Instead of firing those who aren't doing their jobs and replace them they are gonna double the amount of people, who, given there were no repercussions to the original people not doing their jobs, will have no reason to do their jobs. Well done, Mr. Mayor.

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