LA County passes paid sick leave mandate, LA City to vote on retention and recall

Posted April 28th, 2020 | Status:

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This morning, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors adopted a paid sick leave ordinance, one that mirrors Eric Garcetti’s April 7th executive order for the City of Los Angeles. Tomorrow, the Los Angeles City Council is expected to give a final vote on their Right of Recall and Worker Retention ordinances.

LA County Paid Sick Leave
The paid sick leave ordinance applies to businesses with 500 or more employees nationwide (the City of Los Angeles is 500 in the city and 2,000 nationwide) and requires those businesses to provide 80 hours of supplemental paid sick leave. If an employer is already providing additional paid sick leave because of the crisis, there is an offset for every hour they have already given. The ordinance is retroactive starting March 31.

You can read the full ordinance here.

LA City Right of Recall and Worker Retention
Los Angeles City Council is expected to vote on the final draft of the recall and retention ordinances at their city council meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, April 29. 

View the city council agenda hereItem 29.

The ordinance has been amended several times since it was first reviewed on March 27.

Worker Retention requires businesses to retain current staff for a period of 90 days if a business is sold. Right of Recall ordinance requires businesses to rehire previously laid off employees. If two employees qualify for the same job, the job must go to the person with seniority. There is also a “rebuttable presumption” clause, which means it is assumed that employers who laid off employees during COVID-19 was for non-disciplinary reasons and it is incumbent upon the employer to prove otherwise.

The amendments adopted at last weeks meeting can be viewed here.

The amendments include:

  • Limiting the ordinances to hotels with 50 or more rooms (or $5million gross receipts), event centers with 1,000 seats, airports and commercial property owners.
  • Allowing a laid-off employee five days to respond to a re-offer to work (previously 10 days) via mail, phone call or text message.
  • Making the ordinance permanent (instead of crisis only). An economic impact study has also been requested if the council moves in this direction.

If you are interested in testifying at the LA City Council Meeting, details below.

Los Angeles City Council Meeting
WHEN: April 29, 2020, 10am
WHERE: Watch online here
PUBLIC COMMENT: Members of the public who wish to offer public comment to the Council should call (669) 900-6833 and use Meeting ID No.459 499 150 and then press #. Press # again when prompted for participant ID. Recall and Retention is item 29 on the agenda.

Submit written comment at

If you have any questions, please contact who is the lead on these issues.


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