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Aug 20, 2020

CALIFORNIA: SF issues guidance on reemployment rights ordinance

COVID-19 

The San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) has issued guidance on the “Back to Work” emergency ordinance, which took effect on July 3, 2020, and will remain in effect for 60 days, through September 2, 2020. As we previously reported, the ordinance gives eligible employees a temporary right to reemployment following a layoff resulting from the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic since February 25, 2020.

The OEWD’s guidance provides an overview of the ordinance and a link to frequently asked questions (FAQs) (updated weekly). It also offers templates for the required Notice of Layoff and Notice of Reemployment Offers. In addition, the guidance directs employers to report a notice of layoff to the OEWD within 30 days from August 7, 2020 (the date the guidance became effective) or within 30 days of the date of layoff, whichever is later, when an employer lays off 10 or more employees since February 25, 2020, who work in San Francisco.

Tips: If you implement a covered layoff, submit the completed Notice of Layoff and Notice of Reemployment Offers to the OEWD at backtowork@sfgov.org. OEWD is encouraging employers to submit questions about the ordinance to that email address or their employer hotline at (415) 701-4817. For assistance with making layoff and recall decisions or communicating with affected workers, contact your Vigilant Law Group employment attorney.

This website presents general information in nontechnical language. This information is not legal advice. Before applying this information to a specific management decision, consult legal counsel.

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