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The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has unanimously passed a bill requiring grocery stores to retain employees for 90 days after a change in control or ownership of a store.

The Grocery Worker Retention Ordinance is considered to be a victory for the United Food and Commercial Workers, which pushed for its passage. The bill now goes to the desk of Mayor Gavin Newsom, who is expected to sign it into law.

The California Grocers Association (CGA) argued that existing state and local regulations were sufficient, and that the new bill would only serve to dissuade retailers from opening new stores in the city.
KC's View:
This strikes us as a colossally stupid piece of legislation, and we would agree with the CGA's assessment of its potential impact.

If a store changes hands, common sense tells you that the new ownership is going to try and keep the really good people and get rid of the dead weight. But forcing new ownership to try and operate with the dead weight is to put an unreasonable burden on the enterprise.