Major cities across the country continue to pass new legislation on an array of issues with which you should be aware – possibly coming soon to a city near you! Starting out west again, Los Angeles this week passed an ordinance that will make disposable items such as plastic utensils and paper napkins available to restaurant customers by request only! Similar to the city’s already existing straws-on-request law, the new ordinance will go into effect November 15 for food and beverage businesses with 26 or more employees and for all businesses in April, 2022. LA Mayor Eric Garcetti, who previously endorsed the idea, is expected to sign the ordinance into law. Effective last week, a new ordinance enacted into law in Chicago prohibits employers from requiring workers to get COVID vaccines only during non-work hours. Furthermore, an employer that requires a worker to be vaccinated must compensate the worker for the time, up to four hours pay, if the worker’s appointment is during work hours. Finally, the ordinance also requires an employer to grant permission for an employee who is voluntarily getting vaccinated to use paid sick leave or other paid time off to get vaccinated. And then from the City of Brotherly Love, by a vote of 15-1 the Philadelphia City Council has passed a new ordinance that prohibits an employer from requiring a pre-employment drug screening marijuana. Mayor Jim Kenney has yet to sign the bill, but is expected to do so and it will then become effective on January 1, 2022.