Effective January 19, 2009, San Francisco employers with 20 or more employees are required to offer commuter benefits to encourage employees to use public transit or vanpools. Employers must offer one or more of the following benefit options:
(1) Pre-Tax Benefits: Set up a pre-tax deduction program under current federal tax law allowing employees to use up to $115 per month in pre-tax wages to purchase transit passes or vanpool services.
(2) Employer Purchased Benefits: Pay for employee transit passes or offer vanpool reimbursements to employees in an amount at least equal to the value of the San Francisco MUNI pass (currently $45).
(3) Employer Provided Transit: Provide free shuttle services on a company-funded bus or van to transport employees between their homes and workplaces.
Covered employers have 120 days from the effective date of the ordinance to implement a transportation benefit program in compliance with the ordinance.