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The Daily Prep List: 03.19.21


Increasingly Complex Local Employment Regulations in California Require Ongoing Monitoring

JD Supra 3/17

In addition to California’s expansive statewide employment laws, employers must also stay up-to-date on a quickly growing body of local employment regulations. We’ve covered specific local regulations on this blog in the past, but the following are the top local employment ordinances that can trip up employers’ compliance efforts.

‘Hero’ Pay Set to Go Before City Council

Pasadena Now 3/17

Although the Pasadena City Council’s Economic Development and Technology (EDTech) Committee was split Tuesday on supporting an ordinance that would raise hourly pay for grocery store workers for 120 days, the committee agreed to move the item to the full council for consideration.

Food Industry Policy

Ghost Kitchen Thrives During Pandemic But Disturbs Some North Side Neighbors

WTTW 3/17

A ghost kitchen on Chicago’s North Side is renting out kitchen space to multiple restaurants for delivery-only orders, but the traffic-heavy business model is agitating the ward’s alderman and some neighbors.

Ventura Bans Styrofoam Food, Drink Containers

CBS Los Angeles 3/17

Styrofoam food and drink containers will be banned in Ventura, effective July 1. Expanded polystyrene containers, which are better known as Styrofoam, have been found to have significant and long-term environmental impacts. The material has been banned by more than 100 California cities and counties to reduce polystyrene litter in the environment.

On the Side

How Will Bars Bounce Back?

SF Weekly 3/17

A bevy of proposed laws could help bars, restaurants, and venues spring back to life. The first step? Making outdoor dining permanent.

‘A nightmare:’ Year after closure, restaurants see 30% drop in sales

FOX6 Milwaukee 3/17

Wisconsin bars and restaurants closed exactly one year ago Wednesday, March 17. While they were open for St. Patrick’s Day 2021, the coronavirus pandemic has had a “devastating impact.” The Wisconsin Restaurant Association’s best estimate is that 10% to 15% of the state’s restaurants, as well as bars that serve food, permanently closed.

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