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COVID-19 employee protection resources

The Employee Protections in Connection with COVID-19 Emergency Health Order law requires employers to follow public health orders. It also prohibits them from retaliating against employees who exercise their rights under the law.

If an employee notifies their employer of an unsafe working condition that they believe is a violation of a COVID-19 public health order, the employee is protected from retaliation if they report a violation or refuse to come to work (with certain limitations). Learn more about how to report a COVID-19 protection from retaliation violation.

In addition to the above law, there are new protections for certain airport, hotel, and event employees.

Under Philadelphia’s Travel and Hospitality Worker Recall and Retention law, employers must notify and offer eligible Philadelphia airport, hotel, and event center workers who were separated from employment each job position when it becomes available based on qualifications and seniority. The law applies starting January 7, 2021 until December 31, 2025.

Starting January 7, 2021, when Philadelphia hotels change in ownership or control, covered employers must provide notice to eligible employees and retain eligible employees for six months, all under certain terms and conditions.

Employers can contact the Office of Worker Protections at the Department of Labor for compliance assistance. For more information, email or call (215) 686-0802.

Name Description Released Format
Employee Protections in Connection with COVID-19 Emergency Health Order PDF Chapter 9-5000 of the Philadelphia Code provides employee protections in connection with the COVID-19 Emergency Health Order. July 13, 2020
COVID-19 protection from retaliation complaint form PDF Use this form to file a complaint if you’ve experienced a violation of the COVID-19 Emergency Health Order law. August 11, 2022
Travel and Hospitality Worker Recall and Retention law PDF Chapter 9-5300 to the Philadelphia Code, entitled Travel and Hospitality Worker Recall and Retention. January 07, 2021
Retention of Hotel Workers law PDF Chapter 9-5400 of the Philadelphia Code, entitled Retention of Hotel Workers. January 07, 2021