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Mpls City Council passes 'right to recall' for laid-off hospitality workers

It impacts workers who were let go due to the pandemic.

If you're a Minneapolis hotel or event center employee who was laid off due to the pandemic, you could be first in line for rehire.

The City Council has passed a "right to recall" ordinance for hospitality workers, which mandates that certain hospitality employers "welcome back former employees as more COVID-19 restrictions begin to lift in coming months."

Under the new ordinance, which passed Friday, hotels and event centers looking to refill lost positions must prioritize workers that were laid off or furloughed "due to an economic, non-disciplinary reason" during the pandemic.

This specifically applies to employees "who worked for at least six months between March 13, 2019, and March 13, 2020" for an employer covered by the ordinance. 

It affects hotels with more than 50 guest rooms and event centers "with at least 50,000 rentable square feet or 2,000 fixed seats" within Minneapolis. 

"Ensuring that hospitality employers give priority to their former employees will help reduce the devastating impact the pandemic has had on these employees and their families and aid in the city’s economic recovery," the city said in a news release." 

“The hospitality industry has been one of the hardest hit by the pandemic, and people who work at hotels and event centers deserve the peace of mind to know that they will be part of that reopening,” said City Council Member Steve Fletcher in a news release. 

“I authored this ordinance to make sure that they can get their jobs back as things reopen, and to make sure everyone's included as we get back on our feet after such a difficult year.”

You can read the full text of the recall ordinance by clicking right here. 

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