Last month, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee signed into law the Lactation in the Workplace Ordinance, which will apply to all employees within the city of San Francisco as of January 1, 2018. The ordinance goes beyond the lactation accommodation requirements of existing federal and California law by defining more precisely what a lactation room must contain, mandating that employers have a written lactation accommodation policy and request process, and imposing new recordkeeping obligations.
On July 20, 2017, Mayor Lee also signed the Parity in Pay Ordinance, which will prohibit employers from considering or inquiring about the current or past salary of job applicants, beginning July 1, 2018. The ordinance aims to close the current pay gap between women and men. Applicants and employers will still be free to discuss salary expectations, and an applicant may voluntarily disclose a prior salary for negotiation purposes. Penalties for violating the ordinance will run from $100-$500 per person per violation.