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San Francisco pushes 'bill of rights' for retail workers

San Francisco's Board of Supervisors has created a new set of protections for the city's retail workers, just in time for Black Friday.

The supervisors, with a unanimous vote on Tuesday afternoon, backed giving retail workers "more predictable schedules and access to extra hours," Fortune reports. Businesses will need to give employees their work schedules at least two weeks in advance, and workers will receive pay for last-minute changes and on-call hours.

The new law would also require businesses to offer their current part-time workers additional hours before hiring more employees. The rules will apply to retail chains with at least 20 national or worldwide locations and that have at least 20 San Francisco employees under one management system. David Chiu, president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, told Fortune that the legislation will affect five percent of San Francisco workers.

San Francisco's Chamber of Commerce is opposed to the bill, saying it is too restrictive for businesses. The bill still needs the signature of Mayor Ed Lee (D) before it becomes a law, though Fortune notes that the bill "has enough support among the city's supervisors to override a veto."