Protect Rights of Workers in Hard-Hit Industries (AB 3216)

Worried mother taking care of a son with lying in hospital bed.

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.

Author:
Assemblymember Ash Kalra, co-author Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez

Sponsors:
ACLU of California, Legal Aid at Work, California Employment Lawyers Association, Equal Rights Advocates, California Work and Family Coalition, California Labor Federation, and Unite Here

Bill Status [VETOED]

Updates
Vetoed – Governor (09.30.20)
Passed – Senate Floor (08.25.2020)
Passed – Assembly Floor (06.18.2020)
Approved – Assembly Appropriations Committee (06.03.2020)
Approved – Assembly Labor Committee (05.22.2020)
Introduced (05.12.20)