The state of Connecticut has moved closer to joining Oregon as the only states that mandate so-called predictive scheduling on retail and fast-food employers. The state senate last week by a vote of 20-16 passed Senate bill 668, which requires covered employers to post a weekly work schedule no less than 7 days in advance of the scheduled week. Further, it provides that any changes made to the schedule by the employer after that time triggers an obligation on the employer to pay affected workers half of any lost wages due to cancelled or reduced shifts and requires the payment of additional penalties for changing shift schedules. The bill would apply to businesses in hospitality, retail and long-term care that have at least 500 employees globally – franchises with 30 locations are included! Fair workweek laws – predictive scheduling requirements – are already in effect in a number of cities around the country, including New York City, Chicago, San Francisco and Seattle, among others but only Oregon has mandated them statewide. Connecticut’s legislation is now pending in the General Assembly, where its ultimate fate is uncertain.