Action Alert - The LA City Council Is Attempting to Place Unprecedented Hiring Rules on the Private Sector
Action Alert - The LA City Council Is Attempting to Place Unprecedented Hiring Rules on the Private Sector

As we recently reported, the Los Angeles City Council is considering implementing hiring restrictions and requirements on the private sector.  If passed, these ordinances with exponentially increase the difficulties already faced by businesses throughout Los Angeles as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.  There are several motions pending, each of which will adversely impact employers.  Given the importance of the issue, we are reposting the following from the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce:

Action Alert! On Wednesday, April 22 at 10 am, the Los Angeles City Council is meeting to consider, amongst other things, new policies to require businesses that have laid off employees to re-hire personnel based on seniority and to require businesses under new ownership to retain all employees for at least 90 days regardless of the circumstances unless there is just cause. 

This is an unprecedented intrusion into the operation of private businesses.  

To read the “Worker Retention” Ordinance please click here

To read the “Right of Recall” Ordinance please click here

To see the meeting agenda and watch the meeting on Wednesday morning, please click here.

The Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce strongly opposes these proposed laws. Please see our attached letter. Businesses across the area are in difficult circumstances and a law that ties their hands even more will exacerbate the problem and represents an unwarranted intrusion into the hiring decisions of the private sector.

Action Required

Please write and call in today to the LA City Council using the following contact information provided by the LA Area Chamber of Commerce.  Please let the Los Angeles City Council know that this is a very difficult time for businesses that are desperately trying to survive.  Now is not the time to impose unprecedented regulations and constraints on businesses nor is it appropriate for the City of LA to try to impose "civil service" type rules on the private sector.

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