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Worker Retention Ordinance for Building Maintenance, Food Service and Security Workers

The Worker Retention Ordinance was passed by the Santa Clara City Council on April 4, 2017. The Ordinance is effective beginning May 4, 2017 and requires that when a City of Santa Clara business changes food service or building service contracts, it must provide notification and hire the workers that had worked for the previous contractor. The new contractor must keep the workers for a period of 90 days.

The Ordinance applies to:

  1. any entity in the City of Santa Clara with more than 25 employees in the State of California who have contracts for building services and/or food service;
  2. entertainment/convention venues in Santa Clara with a capacity of at least 8,000; and
  3. contracts in excess of $25,000 with a term of three months or longer.

For more information, please review the Relevant Documents below or contact the City Manager’s Office at 408-615-2210 or email


Relevant Documents:

Worker Retention Ordinance No. 1964

Worker Retention Q & A

Agenda Items:

April 4, 2017 Agenda Item 12.A13

March 21, 2017 Agenda Item 18A

February 7, 2017 Agenda Item 18A

January 24, 2017 Agenda Item 19B


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