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One way in which SR Holguin, PC ensures our clients and their members stay informed is by keeping you updated on recent developments relating to workers’ rights. Today’s updates come following the release of the May 18, 2021 Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors meeting agenda and supplemental agenda. There is one item in particular that could impact you.
Workers Who Could be Impacted: Workers Throughout Unincorporated LA County
Agenda item 8: Expanding Vaccine Access through Employee Paid Leave; and
Agenda item 52: County Code, Title 8 – Consumer Protection, Business and Wage Regulations Amendment
As discussed in a prior post a Motion was introduced at the April 20, 2021 LA County Board of Supervisors that directed “relevant [LA County] Departments, to report back prior to the…Board of Supervisors…with…Proposed Urgency Ordinance language that…[g]rants all employees in private businesses/entities located in the unincorporated areas of the County up to an additional four hours of excused paid leave per injection to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.”
At the May 18, 2021 meeting, a Motion will be introduced by Chair Hilda Solis (1st District) and Supervisor Sheila Kuehl (3rd District). The Motion provides in part, “[i]n workplaces across the County, many employees lack the financial means to take the necessary time off from work to access the vaccine. This is especially true for low wage and essential workers…It is clear that more must be done to remove barriers to access for workers across the County, especially our essential workers…workers must not be forced to decide between a paycheck and taking the necessary steps to safeguard their own wellbeing and the public health. To that end, it is critical that all workers have access to additional paid leave benefits to get vaccinated.”
Therefore, the Motion calls for “the Board of Supervisors approve the attached urgency Ordinance to add Chapter 8.205 (Employee Paid Leave for Expanded Vaccine Access) to Division 5 – (COVID-19 Worker Protections) of Title 8 – (Consumer Protection, Business and Wage Regulations) of the Los Angeles County Municipal Code, to establish paid leave for employees in unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.”
According to the Ordinance Analysis prepared by the County Counsel, the ordinance “require[s] private employers in the unincorporated areas of the County to provide paid leave for employees to receive COVID-19 vaccine injections…This ordinance is an urgency measure that will take immediate effect upon its approval by at least a four-fifths vote of the Board of Supervisors.”
Now, agenda items 8 and 52 of the May 18, 2021 Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors meeting calls for the Board to consider the Ordinance.
We hope these updates are helpful to you.
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