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File #: 21-0362    Version: 1
Type: ordinance Status: 2d Reading-Consent
File created: 4/6/2021 In control: City Council
Agenda date: 4/13/2021 Final action: 4/13/2021
Title: Approval of an Ordinance Relating to Employment in Olympia; Establishing Labor Standards Requirements for Additional Compensation for Grocery Employees Working in Olympia; and Declaring an Emergency and Establishing an Immediate Effective Date
Attachments: 1. Ordinance
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsMedia
4/13/20211 City Council approved on first reading and moved to second readingPass Action details Meeting details Not available
4/13/20211 City Council approved on first reading and moved to second readingPass Action details Meeting details Not available
4/13/20211 City Council approved on first reading and moved to second readingPass Action details Meeting details Not available
Title
Approval of an Ordinance Relating to Employment in Olympia; Establishing Labor Standards Requirements for Additional Compensation for Grocery Employees Working in Olympia; and Declaring an Emergency and Establishing an Immediate Effective Date

Recommended Action
Committee Recommendation:
Not referred to a committee.

City Manager Recommendation:
Move to approve the Ordinance relating to employment in Olympia; establishing Labor standards requirements for additional compensation for Grocery Employees working in Olympia; and declaring an emergency and establishing an immediate effective date.

Report
Issue:
Whether to establish labor standards requirements for additional hazard pay compensation for grocery employees working in Olympia.

Staff Contact:
Mark Barber, City Attorney, 360.753.8338

Presenter(s):
Mark Barber, City Attorney

Background and Analysis:
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal and state governments have imposed eviction moratoria, provided financial support for persons and businesses, and imposed public health orders to protect people and businesses. During the pandemic, certain workers such as healthcare and first responders, including grocery workers, have provided essential services although they are in harm's way due to the virus. Grocery store workers cannot perform their essential services remotely.

A study has shown that the positive rate of infection among grocery workers was five times as likely for those who interacted with customers as those who did not. This risk to grocery workers is occurring during a time when leading grocery businesses have generated record-breaking profits during the pandemic.

A grocery worker hazard pay ordinance for grocery workers employed at grocery businesses employing more than 250 employees worldwide, and which excludes convenience stores or food marts that are primarily engaged in retailing a limited line of goods that generally includes milk, bread, soda, and snacks, and als...

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