New Publications Clarify SF Paid Parental Leave Ordinance

The City of San Francisco has issued helpful guidance regarding its Paid Parental Leave Ordinance. Employers should revisit their existing, or begin drafting their new, paid parental leave policies to comply with upcoming changes.

Although the Ordinance went into effect on January 1, 2017 for employers with 50 or more employees, on July 1, 2017, it will apply to employers with 35 or more employees. On January 1, 2018, it will apply to employers with 20 or more employees. Further, the waiting period for PFL benefits for leaves commencing after January 1, 2018 will be eliminated.

In a recent webinar containing helpful information for employers, the City clarified that the threshold number of employees (i.e., 50 or more employees as of January 1) includes all employees worldwide (not just living or working in San Francisco or California) and that seasonal, temporary, and part-time employees are counted to determine the threshold number.

The City also issued new FAQs, which address the revisions made to the Ordinance and other issues. In addition, the City published a step-by-step guide for employees that walks them through the process of applying for Paid Family Leave benefits through the California Employment Development Department and benefits under the Ordinance. This is a great resource for employers to provide to employees.