A recently implemented law in New York City provides employees awide-ranging right to demand “temporary” scheduling changes from employers for a varietyof purposes, such as providing child care or dealing with a legalmatter.

The bill, which was approved by the New York City Council inDecember and went into effect in January, mandates that employersgrant employees two such requests a year. Requests can relate tousing paid time off, working remotely, taking a short-term period ofunpaid leave, swapping shifts with a co-worker or, more generally,a “limited alteration in the hours, times or locations where theywork,” according to the Society for Human Resource Management.

The only exemptions will apply to employees who have worked lessthan four months for the employer, work less than 80 hours a yearin the city, work in certain jobs in the film or TV industry or whoare covered by a union contract that specifies another schedulingpolicy.

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