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Which major city has chain restaurants in the crosshairs?

A radical proposal endorsed by a number of San Francisco lawmakers threatens to impose a set of new scheduling and record-keeping mandates on the city’s chain restaurants.

Under the “Retail Workers Bill of Rights,” which is aimed at “formula retailers,” the owners of restaurants and retail stores that have 11 or more locations in the United States will be forced to comply with a series of rules that would put the city, not the owner, in control of key business decisions.

The legislation would require business owners to:

  • give the city access on demand to payroll and employment records.
  • offer more hours to part-time employees before hiring additional employees or using employment agencies if the part-time employees are qualified to do the work and have been performing similar work for the business. The offers of additional hours must be made in writing. Businesses are required to offer only enough hours to give the part-time employee eight hours a day or 40 hours in a week.
  • require employers to pay employees for any shift cancelled with fewer than 24 hours notice
  • retain employees who have worked for the business for at least six months for a minimum of 90 days if the business is sold.
  • maintain a series of records including written offers of more hours to employees, offers of employment to existing employees following a sale of the business, and a list of employees who worked for the business at the time the business was sold. Records must be kept for four years.

The proposal is backed heavily by SEIU, which in recent years has worked to unionize quickservice restaurants.

 The California Restaurant Association is working with the Golden Gate Restaurant Association and other business groups to urge members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to oppose the proposal.

“For operators, it would be a lot more challenging to schedule their employees with all of these requirements,” said Javier Gonzalez, director of government affairs for the CRA. “The record retention requirements would be a huge burden, and it also slows down the hiring process.”

 Gonzalez added that he’s concerned that other cities may attempt to copy San Francisco if the legislation is successful. “There’s a chance we could see this come up in other cities in California and major cities around the country.”

Action on the legislation could come quickly. It’s scheduled to be heard by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors Land Use and Economic Development Committee in September.

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