No R&R for LA Employers Under New Recall and Retention Ordinances
Two New Los Angeles Ordinances Create New Worker Recall and Retention Protections… For Select Businesses
On May 4, 2020, Mayor Garcetti signed two new city ordinances creating recall and retention protections for non-supervisory workers in certain industries deemed severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and “Safer at Home” declarations by Governor Newsom and Mayor Garcetti. The COVID-19 Right of Recall Ordinance and COVID-19 Worker Retention Ordinance become effective June 14, 2020, but cover workers laid off on or after March 4, 2020.
Covered Businesses. Both Ordinances impact the following Los Angeles businesses:
- Airport Businesses. Coverage is limited to airport businesses governed by the Los Angeles Living Wage Ordinance that provide services at any Los Angeles airport, or to a business servicing a Los Angeles airport. The Ordinances exclude airlines and any business already party to an agreement with the airport containing worker rehire/retention provisions.
- Commercial Property Businesses. Property owners, operators, managers, or lessees of any Los Angeles non-residential property employing 25 or more janitorial, maintenance, or security service workers must comply with the Ordinances with respect to janitorial, maintenance and security employees only.
- Event Center Businesses. Coverage is limited to businesses that own, operate or manage an event structure of over 50,000 square feet or with a seating capacity of 1,000 or more seats. These businesses include concert halls, stadiums, sports arenas, racetracks, coliseums, and convention centers.
- Hotel Businesses. Coverage is limited to hotels with 50 or more guestrooms or gross receipts of more than $5 million in 2019. Covered hotel businesses expressly include any restaurant physically located on the property.