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The new law follows a series of other new rules in nation’s largest city aimed at providing workers with scheduling predictability and flexibility. (Photo: Shutterstock)

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

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

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