The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is set to consider an ordinance Tuesday that would give janitors, maintenance workers, security guards and hospitality industry employees a “right of recall” to jobs they were laid off from during the coronavirus crisis.
Supervisors Janice Hahn and Hilda Solis co-authored the motion, which covers an additional ordinance providing worker retention in the event of bankruptcy filings or sales.
“While federal, state and local programs, and efforts by nonprofits, have provided some support to janitorial, maintenance, security service and hospitality workers in the short term, what these workers need most is the promise of a return to their previous jobs as the pandemic recedes and business returns,” the ordinance reads in part.
The ordinance would apply to unincorporated areas of the county.
When rehiring, employers would be required to offer jobs to those who once held them if the worker was let go as a result of a downturn in business related to the pandemic and employed by the business for at least six months.
If fewer workers are required, employees with seniority would be given preference.
Retaliation against workers seeking to enforce this right would be prohibited.
Any new owner would be required to follow the same regulations for at least six months after a business reopens and to retain those workers for at least 90 days.
The motion’s authors have requested that the proposed ordinances be both introduced and adopted at Tuesday’s meeting.
The Los Angeles County Democratic Party has sent an alert to its members asking them to call and email county supervisors to indicate their support for the measures.
Public comment by telephone will be allowed at Tuesday’s meeting for the first time since mid-March.
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