October 20

Do Laid-Off Santa Monica Employees Get a “Total Recall”?

In the wake of the 9/11 attacks, the Santa Monica City Council passed an ordinance giving “qualified laid-off employees” of high-end businesses in the city’s Coastal Zone and Extended Downtown Core the right of “recall” to (i.e., reinstatement in) their former jobs. Fourteen years later, the ordinance remains in effect, raising questions about whether it can still protect the jobs of Santa Monica’s qualified laid-off employees.