Employers who have laid off workers due to COVID-19 may soon be required to rehire the laid off workers before they can hire any new employees.

The Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved a measure giving specified workers a “right of recall.” Employees who work in stadiums, concert halls, hotels, and airport-affiliated businesses, as well as janitorial workers, may be covered by the ordinance.

The Council’s proposal aims to give workers a stronger sense of security and prevent employers from replacing older workers with younger, cheaper workers after the COVID-19 pandemic recedes. Employers opposing the ordinance worry that it will spark an avalanche of lawsuits, further complicating the rehiring and business-reopening process.

Once the final version of the ordinance is drafted, the Council must approve it again before it goes to Mayor Garcetti for final approval and implementation. Mayor Garcetti already has indicated that he will sign such a measure. We will keep you updated on the status of the ordinance.

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Anthony J. Oncidi heads the Labor & Employment Law Group in the Los Angeles office.

Tony represents employers and management in all aspects of labor relations and employment law, including litigation and preventive counseling, wage and hour matters, including class actions, wrongful termination…

Anthony J. Oncidi heads the Labor & Employment Law Group in the Los Angeles office.

Tony represents employers and management in all aspects of labor relations and employment law, including litigation and preventive counseling, wage and hour matters, including class actions, wrongful termination, employee discipline, Title VII and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, executive employment contract disputes, sexual harassment training and investigations, workplace violence, drug testing and privacy issues, Sarbanes-Oxley claims and employee raiding and trade secret protection. A substantial portion of Tony’s practice involves the defense of employers in large class actions, employment discrimination, harassment and wrongful termination litigation in state and federal court as well as arbitration proceedings, including FINRA matters.