We could say it is a tale of two cities, but we won’t. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is pushing hard in the Big Apple to mandate so-called secured scheduling, almost identical to the edict recently enacted in Seattle. But, de Blasio is specifically looking to target the fast food industry with his mandate. The Mayor announced the initiative a week or so ago in front of a Brooklyn McDonalds restaurant and said it would include requirements that employers schedule and publicly post workplace schedules two weeks in advance, provide additional compensation when workers are required to accommodate last-minute changes to their schedules and stop so-called “clopenings” with fewer than ten hours between shifts. Down in the nation’s capital, discussions on the government dictating private work schedules took quite a different turn as the DC Council formally tabled further consideration of pending “secured scheduling” legislation. In the face of significant pressure from big box retailers such as Wegman’s (which said it just wouldn’t open stores in DC), Target and Best Buy among others, DC lawmakers tabled the legislation on a 9-4 vote, effectively killing it for this year. A number of the councilors expressed the concern that after mandating a minimum wage hike earlier this year and likely taking up paid sick leave soon, the District was perhaps exercising too much control over how businesses were to operate.