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File #: Ord 21-20    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
In control: City Council
Final action: 6/16/2021
Title: Creating Chapter 233A of the Legislative Code to establish certain rights for hospitality workers who have suffered loss of employment due to the Covid-19 pandemic to return to work with their previous employer.
Sponsors: Amy Brendmoen, Nelsie Yang, Rebecca Noecker, Dai Thao, Mitra Jalali, Jane L. Prince, Chris Tolbert
Attachments: 1. Local 17 Recall Report _ MN Leg _ Jan 2021, 2. Ord 21-20 - Tom Basgen, 3. Ord 21-20 - Roseann Kasper-Morrell, 4. Ord 21-20 - Wade Luneburg, 5. Ord 21-20 - Kera Peterson, 6. Ord 21-20 - Diane Scovill, 7. Ord 21-20 - Mary Sledz, 8. Ord 21-20 - St. Paul Area Chamber, 9. Ord 21-20 - Richard Dobransky, 10. Ord 21-20 - Liz Rammer-Hospitality Minnesota
Title
Creating Chapter 233A of the Legislative Code to establish certain rights for hospitality workers who have suffered loss of employment due to the Covid-19 pandemic to return to work with their previous employer.

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Section 1
WHEREAS, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the resulting economic disruption, and the Executive Orders issued by the State of Minnesota and Emergency Regulations issued by the City of Saint Paul to protect the public health and welfare, many workers in the City of Saint Paul are facing significant job losses and economic insecurity, and

WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, Minnesota Governor Walz issued Executive Order 20-01 declaring a peacetime emergency in response to COVID-19. In the following months, Governor Walz issued numerous Executive Orders, many of which limited economic activity in Minnesota in the interest of protecting public health.

WHEREAS, on March 17, 2020, Mayor Carter declared a Local Public Health Emergency pursuant to Saint Paul Administrative Code Section 13.02 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the following months, Mayor Carter issued additional Emergency Regulations, many of which limited economic activity within the City in the interest of protecting public health.

WHEREAS, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a particularly devastating effect upon the hospitality industry, as travel, tourism, and events have halted and there are few ways to mitigate the economic loss to these businesses.

WHEREAS, Saint Paul, as a major tourist and event destination, is home to many hotels and event centers, which have suffered from a lack of business due to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic conditions and government orders. These businesses have been forced to lay off many of their employees. As a result, Saint Paul’s hospitality employees have experienced a great degree of economic dislocation and insecurity; and

WHEREAS, as the COVID-19 pandemic subsides, and tourism, travel and events res...

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