Info Alert – Public Health Council Motion Moves Forward at Board of Supervisors Meeting

Posted September 1st, 2020 | Status:

Today, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors moved forward with their overreaching motion to create “Public Health Councils” comprised of employees at their worksites to monitor compliance.

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All five supervisors voted in favor of the motion – which directs the Department of Public Health to create an implementation plan by September 29. The motion also asks the department to incorporate a phased-in approach that prioritizes sectors based outbreaks and increased stakeholder engagement.

Read the motion here.

BizFed strongly opposes the creation of “Public Health Councils” at employer worksites and has so far received over 200 letters from businesses and business organizations who are also opposed. BizFed and several business organizations called into the Board of Supervisors meeting today to verbally express our strong opposition to the motion during public comment, but was not given the opportunity to speak on this item.

BizFed will remain actively engaged on this issue and encourages businesses and cities to get involved. If you have not already, please advocate with us by sending a letter to your supervisor and forwarding this alert to your membership. 

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Background: 

On July 21st, the LA County Board of Supervisors directed the Department of Public Health, in conjunction with County Council, the Department of Consumer and Business Affairs (DCBA) and the Chief Executive Officers (CEO) to report back on the feasibility of creating “Public Health Councils” comprised of employees at their place of work.

This means:

  1. ALL businesses would be forced to allow their employees to organize and report any potential violations to a “third party organization” contracted with the county.
  2. This unidentified “third party organization” would visit your business to determine what violations, if any, exist.
  3. The “third party organizations” will also report perceived violations to the Department of Public Health – without specification if the business will have a chance to defend or implement changes without penalty.
  4. The Board of Supervisors has not addressed employee privacy rights or state and federal employee relations procedures and would be improperly empowering the Certified Third Parties to conduct (directly or through their guidance and oversight of the Health Councils) unfettered searches of employer records and information.

In their report back, county departments consulted with 18 labor organizations and only 5 businesses organizations. Read the county report here

We are highly disappointed the LA County Board of Supervisors chose to move forward with an implementation plan with very little to no feedback from businesses.

If you have any question regarding this issue, please contact sarah.wiltfong@bizfed.org.

Sincerely,

Tracy Hernandez
Founding CEO, BizFed

 

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