DC’s local lawmakers pose as union bosses with worker reinstatement bill

(From The Washington Examiner)

“On Dec. 14, many district businesses’ capacities were cut in half from 50% to 25%. Then, on Dec. 15, lawmakers passed a bill, still awaiting the mayor’s signature, that dictates precisely who companies must rehire if they manage to survive this next round of restrictions.

The bill reads like a labor union contract. It mandates that certain service-related businesses with 50 or more employees and that laid off workers during the pandemic (after Dec. 1, 2019, for hotels and after March 1, 2020, for other businesses) must offer to reinstate those laid-off workers to their previous jobs before hiring new workers.”