Chamber Opposes So Called “Hazard Pay” Ordinances
The Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce opposes so called “hazard pay” ordinances being considered or enacted by a number of cities and counties in California. These ordinances require groceries and other businesses to pay workers up to $5 more per hour on the basis of being exposed to potentially sick individuals. However, these laws unfairly target certain industries, such as the grocery industry, which have low margins and have already suffered greatly due to the pandemic. These laws ignore the fact that there are workers across many industries who have acted as heroes and yet are not obtaining a forced increase in pay. Finally, these ordinances are an unjustified interference by government with free commerce. The Chamber encourages all stakeholders to write to their local elected officials to oppose these types of ordinances.