Temporary Schedule Change Law

Information for Employees: NYC Temporary Schedule Change Law

The Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Office of Labor Policy & Standards (OLPS) enforces NYC’s Temporary Schedule Change Law, which took effect July 18, 2018. Under the law, covered employees have a right to temporary changes to their work schedule for certain “personal events.”

What Employers/Workers Need to Know

DCA created an overview for employers and employees. Download Temporary Schedule Change Law: What Employers/Workers Need to Know.

Notice of Employee Right

Employers must post the notice “You Have a Right to Temporary Changes to Your Work Schedule” where employees can easily see it at each NYC workplace. Employers must post this notice in English and in any language that is the primary language of at least 5 percent of the workers at a workplace if the translation is available on this web page. Download "You Have a Right to Temporary Changes to Your Work Schedule" notice in:



Employees can file a complaint with OLPS. Download OLPS Intake Form or contact 311 (212-NEW-YORK outside NYC) and ask for “Temporary Schedule Change Law.” OLPS will conduct an investigation and try to resolve a complaint. OLPS will keep a complainant’s identity confidential unless disclosure is necessary to complete an investigation or is required by law.

If an employee files a complaint, OLPS will contact the employer by mail for written response. The employer must respond to DCA within the time period written on the notice.

Employees can also file an action in court. However, employees cannot have a complaint with OLPS and a claim in court at the same time.

NYC’s Temporary Schedule Change Law