When scheduling workers for shifts, there are plenty of tricky legal areas, such as accommodating religious beliefs.

Many state and local laws now require predictive scheduling for employees in certain industries and positions. Under these laws, employers can’t change workers’ shifts at the last minute without paying them for their time, sometimes at a premium.

With all this in mind, it’s important for employers to be as transparent as possible about scheduling up front so any potential hires will know what they’re in for. And with current employees, it’s key to double-check unexpected schedule changes that appear on their timesheets so you can stay on top of any potential legal issues that may arise.