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San Francisco Back to Work Emergency Ordinance in Effect as of July 3rd

At the end of June, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed an emergency ordinance creating a right of reemployment for certain employees laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The ordinance became effective on July 3rd.  Although Mayor Breed did not sign the ordinance, the City Charter allows the ordinance to take effect if the Mayor does not sign the ordinance within ten days of receiving it.

This ordinance applies to for-profit and non-profit employers that directly or indirectly own or operate a business in the City or County of San Francisco and employ, or have employed, 100 or more employees on or after February 25, 2020. The only employers exempted from the new ordinance are government entities and certain healthcare operations as defined under the Health Officer’s Order.

Under the ordinance, an employer shall provide written notice to employees of covered layoffs and an employee’s rights under the ordinance. Employers who conducted covered layoffs on or after February 25, 2020, prior to the effective date of the ordinance, have 30 days from July 3rd to provide notice to employees of their rights under the new ordinance.

The notice must include a notice of the layoff and its effective date, a summary of the new ordinance’s right to reemployment, and contact information for the San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development.

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About this Author

Stephanie Yang, Wage, Hour, Attorney, Jackson Lewis Law Firm

Stephanie T. Yang is an Associate in the San Francisco, California, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Ms. Yang represents employers in all aspects of employment litigation, including wage and hour, discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, and breach of employment contract claims. She also counsels employers on all areas of employment compliance.

In 2012, Ms. Yang’s trial motions and briefs contributed to two defense verdicts in Orange County. In 2013, Ms. Yang obtained a partial summary judgment in a hotly litigated disability discrimination matter. In 2015...


Amy P. Frenzen is an Associate in the San Francisco, California, office of Jackson Lewis P.C.  Her practice focuses on representing employers in wage and hour class actions and other workplace law matters.  She is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) with the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).

Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, Ms. Frenzen practiced general commercial litigation at a large national firm, including defense of software and hardware developers in contract disputes. She also worked in commercial regulatory affairs at a major biotech company, and in the Products Liability practice group of a large national firm defending pharmaceutical manufacturers against claims of unfair trade practices, off-label promotion, personal injury, and wrongful death in state and federal courts around the country. Ms. Frenzen also has experience advising large corporations, nonprofits, and political action committees on various political compliance issues, including campaign finance, lobby disclosures, and government ethics.

While pursuing her law degree, Ms. Frenzen was on the staff of the University of San Francisco Law Review and a Literary Editor of the University of San Francisco Maritime Law Journal. She also served as a legal extern with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and the Sierra Club’s Environmental Law Program; and received a CALI Award in Administrative Law.


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  • General Employment Litigation
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