SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – San Francisco’s board of directors passed a labor ordinance on Tuesday requiring companies to recruit rather than replace the thousands of workers laid off during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a 10: 1 vote, they passed Supervisor Gordon Mar’s ordinance, which gives workers the right to turn down early if or when their former employer reopens. In addition, employers must notify the city of layoffs, keep records of their laid-off workers, and provide them with information on local resources.
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“This is based on a clear, simple, and moral idea: companies should recruit, not replace, their laid-off employees. The unemployment crisis caused by this pandemic is not unique to San Francisco, but this is a work city and we are in a unique position to lead the way in dealing with this crisis. And we are with the back to work regulation, ”said Mar in a statement.
The law extends a directive drafted by Supervisor Mar last summer that was enacted through an Emergency Ordinance. During the July 2020 to January or 2021 pandemic, employers reported nearly 10,000 layoffs. According to the ordinance, 1,652 employees were offered re-employment, according to the Office for Economic and Personnel Development.
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The ordinance determines the entitlement of employees according to branches of industry. This applies to restaurants with 200 or more employees, hotels with 100 or more guest rooms, grocery stores over 15,000 square feet, concessions for major events, formula retailers, and most custodians. Companies in other industries with more than 100 employees who laid off 10 or more employees must also comply.
“These changes strike a balance between helping the unemployed and helping businesses reopen,” said Mar. “We can and must do both.”
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If Breed approved by Mayor of London, the ordinance will take effect after 30 days.