On March 9, 2021, the San Francisco Board of Directors unanimously approved the San Francisco COVID-related Hazard Pay Emergency Ordinance, which temporarily provides large grocery and retail pharmacies, as well as janitorial and security companies working on-site at those stores, an additional USD5 must pay .00 per hour danger allowance to workers (up to a total wage of USD 35.00 per hour). The ordinance went into effect on March 22, 2021 and will remain in effect until May 19, 2021 unless it goes into effect or the COVID-19 public health emergency ends.
The regulation only applies to certain large employers who employ 500 or more workers worldwide and have at least 20 workers who work on-site at a general grocery, specialty grocery store, or retail location with a pharmacy.
Insured employers must provide all insured employees with an additional USD 5.00 per hour to Hazard Pay for each hour for which they receive less than USD 35.00.
Meanwhile, a Washington state district court judge ruled that a Seattle ordinance granting hazard payments to food workers during the pandemic may go into effect and dismissed a legal challenge filed by industry groups. The Seattle ordinance provides for a $ 4.00 increase in wages for grocery store workers with 500 or more employees worldwide. The Northwest Grocery Association and the Washington Food Industry Association had requested an emergency injunction that blocked the ordinance.
Similar hazard ordinance lawsuits have been filed against a number of California cities.