COVID-19 has inflicted devastating consequences on the health and financial stability of workers. Industries such as hotels, airport hospitality, event centers, and building services have laid off one-third or more of their employees. Workers in these industries are overwhelmingly women, people of color, and immigrants, who are already among the hardest-hit communities in this pandemic. These workers need a guarantee that their jobs will return when businesses re-open and that pandemic-related layoffs will not be used as an excuse to engage in discrimination or retaliation.
AB 3216 provides a right of recall and retention for workers who have been laid off in the heavily COVID-impacted industries of hotels, airport hospitality, event centers and building services.
June 18, 2020: Passed the Assembly Floor
June 3, 2020: Approved by the Assembly Appropriations Committee
February 21, 2020: Bill introduced