City Moves Forward On Hazard Pay Ordinance

The City of Costa Mesa has moved forward on its plan for a ordinance requiring hazard pay for grocery workers. The city council voted 6-1 in favor of staff coming back with an emergency ordinance that would require grocery stores to provide hazard pay.

No amount per hour was decided on but it most likely would be in line with the $4 an hour other cities have passed like Long Beach and, more recently Santa Ana.

The Santa Ana law also includes pharmacy workers we will have to wait and, see what version is passed in Costa Mesa.


I work for a company that is a retail store but not a grocery store and we are faced with the same hazards and, issues every day including people refusing to wear masks but the law if it follows over cities wouldn’t include me.

You can argue one way or another of the merits of a law requiring hazard pay for retail workers but picking out only grocery or pharmacy workers is a little strange to me.

Grocery stores also have really low margins so if this is past we could see price increases to cover it, less hours for employees or even worse case like happened in Long Beach grocery stores closing.

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