Over the years, Philadelphia City Council has introduced and passed legislation that negatively impacts businesses operating in the City. Such policies continue to put Philadelphia at a regional disadvantage and do little to help grow the economy. The trend now continues with a proposal that will have adverse effects on the food service, retail, and hospitality sectors.

The proposal is Bill No. 180649, introduced by Councilwoman Helen Gym on June 14, 2018. This bill proposes:

  • Companies within the food service, retail, and hospitality industry, with 250 or more employees and 20 locations must provide employees with their schedules 14 days in advance. If changes are made to the schedule, the employer must provide the employee with one hour of premium pay. Employers must also offer employee a good faith estimate of hours upon hiring, including average hours they employee can expect to work each week.
  • Employers are required to provide premium pay if an employee’s shift is scheduled less than 11 hours after the end of their previous shift. Even if the employee wants to work this schedule, the employer is still required to provide premium pay.
  • Before hiring new employees, employers are now required to offer extra hours to existing employees.
  • Employers are required to maintain records of schedule changes, written work schedules, and good