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California City’s Pandemic Hazard Pay Law Survives Challenge

Feb. 26, 2021, 2:38 AM

A federal judge on Thursday refused to block a Long Beach, Calif., measure requiring retailers to pay workers an extra $5 an hour premium pay during the coronavirus pandemic.

Judge Otis Wright of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California rejected California Grocers Association (CGA) arguments that Long Beach’s ordinance unreasonably singled out the grocery industry and was preempted by federal labor law covering union bargaining. The ordinance, effective for 120 days, covers employers with 300 or more workers in stores that have 70% of their square footage devoted to grocery sales.

The court said the trade...

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