San Francisco paid family leave update

The Office of Labor Standards Enforcement (OLSE) is accepting comments on their proposed draft for the Paid Parental Leave Ordinance (PPLO) rules.

You can send comments to pplo@sfgov.org (deadline is Friday, December 2, 2016 at 5:00pm) or attend the San Francisco City Hall public hearing at 1:00pm on Friday, December 2, 2016.

On September 6, 2016 the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed an amendment to the Paid Parental Leave Ordinance signed by Mayor Lee back in April.

A brief background:

Under the California Paid Family Leave law, eligible employees can take six weeks off while receiving 55% of their income to bond with a new child.

This new San Francisco ordinance will require employers to provide employees the remaining 45% of wages during that six-week period.

Eligible employees must meet the following requirements:

  1. Employment start date is at least 180 days prior to their leave
  2. Works at least eight hours per week in San Francisco
  3. 40% of total work hours are within a San Francisco location of their employer
  4. They are eligible under the California Paid Family Leave law

The proposed employer phase-in is as follows:

  • Employers with 50 or more employees are required to comply beginning on January 1, 2017
  • Employers with 35 or more employees are required to comply beginning on July 1, 2017
  • Employers with 20 or more employees are required to comply beginning on January 1, 2018

The overall purpose of the ordinance is to provide employees 100% of their compensation while they take time off to bond with a new child.