Small business can expect to see one of its worst nightmares come to fruition in Los Angeles as the City Council early this week gave unanimous final approval to the so-called Fair Work Week ordinance by a vote of 10-0. “Fair Work Week LA”, first introduced in 2019 and taking effect on April 1, 2023, will require all retail businesses in the City of Angels with 300 or more employees globally, to provide at least 14 days’ notice of work schedules as well as a mandatory rest between shifts of at least 10 hours. In addition, the ordinance requires a good faith estimate of weekly work hours at the time of hire as well as potential opportunities for full-time work and predictability pay. Further, the ordinance also affords employees the right to request schedule changes and to decline hours both before and after a schedule is posted. Aggressively pushed by segments of organized labor including the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 770 and the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE), the new ordinance also contains anti-retaliation protections for employees who exercise their rights under the proposed ordinance. Employers who violate the ordinance will be subject to fines of up to $500 per violation!