NEW YORK — Some new protections for fast food workers in the Big Apple are now in place.

Effective July 4, they include provisions that prevent employers from reducing hours, firing or laying off workers without just cause or legitimate economic reasons.

Employers must also give a written explanations for any of those job actions and offer laid off or current workers priority to work newly available shifts.

In addition to the existing fair scheduling protections under the City’s Fair Workweek Law, employers must advertise open shifts on posters in the restaurant and by text or email.

Additionally, they can only hire new workers if no laid off or current workers accept the shifts by the posted deadline.