The Hotel Employees Job Retention Ordinance

Ordinance: SMC 14.29

Hotel Employees Job Retention Ordinance Q & A

2022 Hotel Job Retention Ordinance Fact Sheet

The Hotel Employees Job Retention Ordinance

As of July 1, 2020, this law covers certain hotel employers and businesses with certain kinds of relationships with hotels prior to, and following, a change in ownership.   Note: This law has different effective dates for different covered employers.

The law requires covered outgoing employers to provide notice to their employees of the change in ownership.  It also requires the incoming (new) employer to retain employees for certain periods of time following the change, among other hiring and retention requirements.   For more information about covered employers and employees, the law's requirements, and required postings, please view the QA and our Resources and Language Access pages.

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