On June 23, 2020, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed an emergency ordinance temporarily creating a right to reemployment for certain employees laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The ordinance, titled “Back to Work” emergency ordinance, requires that as certain employers reopen, they must first seek to rehire the employee who previously held the position or a similar position before offering the position to another individual. This ordinance takes effect upon signature of the Mayor and will remain in effect for 60 days unless the Board of Supervisors votes to extend its application.
This new emergency ordinance applies to for-profit and non-profit employers that directly or indirectly own or operate a business in the City or County of San Francisco and employ, or have employed, 100 or more employees on or after February 25, 2020. The only employers exempted from the new ordinance are government entities and certain healthcare operations as defined under the Health Officer’s Order.
Employees are covered by the ordinance if they were employed for at least 90 days of the calendar year preceding a covered layoff. Covered layoffs are limited to any layoff of 10 or more employees in any 30 day period starting on February 25, 2020, until the expiration of the ordinance, and was caused by the employer’s lack of funds or lack of work due to the COVID-19 public health emergency declared by both the mayor of San Francisco and the governor of California.
Employers covered by the “Back to Work” emergency ordinance have the following obligations: