Notwithstanding the unprecedented challenges that small businesses across the country have faced and will continue to confront as we (hopefully) come out of the coronavirus crisis over the next few months, municipal officials from the east coast to the west continue to dictate to businesses how they should be run, who they should employ and how much they should pay. As a case in point, last week the Los Angeles City Council adopted two ordinances, The Right to Recall Ordinance, which provides that laid off workers within hospitality, property management or airport industries must be rehired based on seniority and the Citywide Worker Retention Ordinance, which seeks to provide the same type of employment mandate on companies that have changed ownership or control within the next two years. LA Mayor Eric Garcetti has said he will sign both ordinances into law. Not to be outdone, the New York City Council is now considering an expansive legislative package including what has been called the “NYC Essential Workers Bill of Rights”. This legislation, which would be retroactive to January 1, 2020, mandates that employers with 100 or more workers pay “essential” workers a premium equal to $30 per shift up to 4 hours, $60 per shift of 4 to 8 hours, and $75 for each shift over 8 hours. Furthermore, the law requires a “progressive disciplinary policy” and would apply a “just cause” test before any such employee could be terminated – “just cause” meaning the worker could only be fired for one of 10 specific reasons and the burden of proof would be on the employer to convince a judge that the cause was “just”. Finally, it would extend the provisions of the Earned Safe and Sick Time Act (paid sick leave) to independent contractors who’ve worked at least 80 hours for one employer in the city. And, more cities across the country are injecting themselves into delivery pricing by capping third-party delivery fees. San Francisco did so a few weeks ago capping delivery fees at 15%, while Seattle imposed a 15% cap this week by Mayoral Executive Order. Los Angeles is drafting a 15% cap ordinance this week, while New York is deliberating imposing a 10% cap on delivery fees and Chicago is considering a 5% ceiling.