Chicago lawmakers reintroduced a bill that would penalize employers for making last-minute changes to workers’ schedules. The legislation has been revamped with a number of concessions to the business community and has backing from Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

“Predictive scheduling” laws, as they are known, vary in scope and purpose across jurisdictions. At their core, these laws are intended to give employees more control over their work-life balance by requiring scheduling two weeks in advance and penalizing employer-required shift changes without sufficient notice.

A number of cities and the state of Oregon have adopted predictive scheduling regulations, most recently Philadelphia...