California governor vetoes bill to help displaced workers
Added 10-01-20 12:03:02am EST - “California Gov. Gavin Newsom vetoed a bill late Wednesday that would have guaranteed most laid-off hospitality workers would be first in line to get their jobs back once those industries begin rehiring.” - Washingtontimes.com
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California Gov. Gavin Newsom vetoed a bill late Wednesday that would have guaranteed most laid-off hospitality workers would be first in line to get their jobs back once those industries begin rehiring.
When Newsom ordered people to stay home because of the coronavirus, California’s airports, hotels, event centers and janitorial services had to lay off many of their low-wage, mostly Latino, workers. The state Legislature passed a bill last month that would have required the companies to offer those workers their jobs back once they begin rehiring.
“I recognize the real problem this bill is trying to fix,” Newsom said in his veto message. But he said the bill is written so broadly that it would apply “during any state of emergency for all layoffs, including those that may be unrelated to such emergency.”
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Moreover, he wrote, the requirements “place too onerous a burden on employers” who also have been hard hit.
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