Employers in Chicago will be required to provide their employees with “fair and equitable” work schedules or face hefty fines under the most expansive predictive scheduling ordinance in the country.

The Chicago City Council overwhelmingly approved the “Fair Workweek Ordinance” July 24. Mayor Lori Lightfoot, sworn in just two months ago, applauded the action and said she’d quickly sign the measure.

“The Chicago City Council has enacted the most expansive predictive scheduling law in the country. Health care, manufacturing and the warehouse industry have never been included in a predictive scheduling law until now,” Chicago Federation of Labor president...