San Francisco Issues Guidance on “Back to Work” Layoff and Reemployment Notices

On August 7, 2020, the San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) released its guidance on the City of San Francisco’s “Temporary Right to Reemployment Following Layoff Due to COVID-19 Pandemic Emergency Ordinance” (also known as the “Back to Work” Ordinance), which the Board of Supervisors passed on June 23, 2020.  Importantly, the OEWD released template forms on its website that employers may use in reporting layoffs and reemployment offers to the OEWD as required under the Ordinance.

San Francisco employers who have laid off or are considering laying off 10 or more workers as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic should make sure they comply with the new ordinance while it remains in effect.  The Ordinance requires employers operating in San Francisco to offer reemployment to “eligible workers” laid off as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the related shelter-in-place/stay-at-home orders in San Francisco when they are rehiring for the same or similar classifications.  The Ordinance also requires that employers provide notice of the layoff and of reemployment offers to both laid off workers and the OEWD.

The Ordinance went into effect on July 3, 2020 and will remain in effect through September 1, 2020, unless the Board of Supervisors extends it.

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