CH&LA Statement: New Regulation Slows Hotel Workers' Return

Employee hiring stalled just as demand for reopened hotels soars

The California Hotel & Lodging Association issued the following statement about the passage of California Senate Bill 93, which mandates hotels and others offer employees laid-off due to COVID-19 get their jobs back before hiring others through.

“California hotels have lost thousands of employees permanently during the pandemic,” said Lynn S. Mohrfeld, President and CEO of the California Hotel and Lodging Association. “We need all our returning and new employees ASAP to meet the reopening demand at our hotels. Unfortunately, restrictive hiring regulations only slow down our employees from resuming the careers they love.”

The California Hotel and Lodging Association is the leading resource and advocate for California’s more than 6,000 hotels, motels and boutique inns that employ more than 235,000 workers. CHLA, established in 1893, is the largest state lodging industry association in the nation and is a partner with the American Hotel & Lodging Association.