At the regular City Council meeting on Monday, March 8, 2021, the Daly City Council unanimously adopted an urgency ordinance requiring hazard pay of $5 per hour for grocery and drug store workers within City limits that meet certain criteria.
Almost one year ago, the State of California designated specific sectors and their workers as “essential” to ensure a continuity of critical functions during the pandemic. Grocery and drug store workers have remained uninterrupted on the front lines in public-facing jobs without options for remote work. The City Council of Daly City wants to ensure that these essential workers are adequately compensated for the hazards they face on the job.
As restaurants and other eateries shuttered their doors to comply with public health orders, grocery stores captured that demand for food and goods. A November 2020 study by the Brookings Institution showed that grocery companies earned record levels of profits during the pandemic, and this increase in profit has not been reflected in higher earnings for grocery workers, who have borne the hazardous work conditions that underpin those record profits. According to United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local in Northern California, 2,000 grocery workers in their ranks have been affected by COVID-19.
“For me it’s extremely important that we take this matter on today. These workers face large amounts of people every single day and they are not afforded the opportunity to work from home. They are risking themselves, their families and their loved ones,” said Daly City Mayor Juslyn Manalo. “Grocery and drug store workers are our local heroes and have helped keep our food and pharmaceutical supply chains intact during the entire pandemic,” she added.
Daly City’s hazard pay ordinance applies to grocery stores and drug stores that are at least 10,000 square feet in size and located within Daly City, with 500 or more employees nationwide. Grocery stores are defined as devoting 10% or more of interior space to the sale of food products. The new hazard pay requirement applies to employees who perform at least two hours of work in a calendar week, are paid by the hour and qualify as employees entitled to payment of a minimum wage. The ordinance does not require hazard pay for managers or supervisors.
The ordinance goes into effect immediately and will expire 120 days after its effective date so that enough time is provided for covered employees to be vaccinated. The ordinance also requires paid leave for these employees, not to exceed four hours, to allow for vaccination. The ordinance provides for a credit against any amount of hazard pay that employers are voluntarily paying at the time the ordinance goes into effect.
View the Hazard Pay Ordinance.
View the Hazard Pay Notice. This combined document includes versions translated into Spanish, Chinese and Tagalog.
Hazard Pay Notice in Spanish / Aviso a Todos Los Empleados
Hazard Pay Notice in Chinese / 給全體僱員的通告
Hazard Pay Notice in Tagalog / Paunawa Sa Lahat Ng Empleyado