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City Council to Pass a Pair Of Bills to Strengthen Fast Food Workers’ Rights in NYC

Plus, iconic East Village institution Gem Spa has a sale on its online merchandise store — and more intel

Customer getting temperature taken before entering Shake Shack, as indoor dining begins, Queens, NY
Fast food workers could get new protections under a City Council bill
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NYC fast food workers set to secure new protections

A pair of City Council bills set to pass later today will protect the city’s fast food workers from being fired without cause and require chain restaurants to take employment seniority into account before firing someone due to economic reasons, the New York Daily News reports.

Council members Brad Lander and Adrienne Adams introduced the bills, respectively, last year. This proposed legislation, which is aimed at chains with 30 or more locations, includes Lander’s bill requiring employers to take disciplinary steps before firing an employee and provide a written explanation for termination, when it does not concern misconduct or a failure to perform the job. Adams’s measure takes another step to protect essential workers, which fast food employees fall under, by adding seniority as a requirement when employees are let go because of financial reasons. Mayor Bill de Blasio has backed both bills, which are part of the “just cause” legislation.

Some lobbying groups in the restaurant industry weren’t pleased, though, saying these new restrictions will place undue burdens on restaurant owners during a pandemic. Lawmakers have dismissed these claims saying fast food workers have been working on the frontlines throughout the pandemic without receiving adequate protections.

In other news

— Shuttered East Village institution Gem Spa is hosting a sale on its online merchandise store with 65 percent off on items like hoodies, sweatpants, tote bags, face masks, and more.

— DoorDash has committed to more bathroom access and safety measures for delivery workers, but advocates and lawmakers remain skeptical.

— Beer brand Stella Artois has pledged to support NYC restaurants by covering bills for diners with proof of a receipt of an order placed at a local restaurant. The offer runs through December 20.

— Lower East Side staple Pig & Khao is now offering two kinds of meal kits for takeout and delivery. The $100 kits feed two, and come with the option of choosing Filipino-style porchetta or Hainanese duck as the main, along with a bunch of sides, sauces, and optional add ons.

— The Rockaway Hotel has temporarily converted its pool deck into a heated outdoor dining area. The Winter Pool House serves seafood platters, pasta, and cocktails like an espresso martini.

— Prospect Lefferts Gardens’ the Honey Badger has transformed into a holiday market with various vendors having set up shop in what were previously dining booths for outdoor eating.

— Hand roll hit Nami Nori has created a new heated outdoor dining structure along Carmine Street and has added a few new menu items for the winter, including a seafood hot pot.

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