GGRA is your advocate and resource for regulatory issues related to running your business. We keep you apprised of issues ranging from human resources to zoning, providing up-to-date information as things are being debated or changed. We also spend our time at City Hall keeping track of legislation — proposing solutions to existing problems as well as working to modify or in some cases defeat legislation that would make it harder to operate. We focus on sharing information through the political process to help shape legislation and reduce or eliminate negative consequences for the industry and the dining public.
GGRA meets regularly with elected officials and department heads on important public policy concerns. Join us for GGRA Lobby Day in January at San Francisco City Hall or for meetings with members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. We represent the industry but also provide access to decision-makers both to work on larger legislative issues as well as to assist with a problem that may only impact a single restaurant.
GGRA also has a Political Action Committee (GGRAPAC) – so that we can vote with our money – by supporting candidates and ballot measures that are aligned with our interests. We host and support fundraisers and work to educate our public officials and the voting public on the possible impacts of proposed measures to our industry, and work to find win-win solutions that benefit the Bay Area economy.
If you have any questions or concerns, please email us.
Increase in HCSO health care expenditure rate: Employers with 100 or more employees must spend $2.83 per hour on health care services for covered employees. Employers with 20-99 employees must spend $1.89 per hour. Please visit the Health Care Security Ordinance page on the OLSE website for more information.
Paid Parental Leave Ordinance applies to smaller employers: As of January 1, 2018, employers with 20 or more employees are required to comply with the Paid Parental Leave Ordinance (PPLO). The PPLO requires employers to provide supplemental compensation to employees receiving California Paid Family Leave to bond with a new child. Employers with 50 or more were covered as of January 1, 2017, and those with 35 or more employees were covered as of July 1, 2017.
Minimum Wage Increases: As of January 1, California’s Minimum Wage is now $11 for employers with 26 or more employees ($10.50 for employers with fewer employees). Other Minimum Wage increases include Oakland, now 13.23, San Jose to $13.50, Richmond to $13.41 and San Mateo to $13.50.
New PPLO and HCSO Required Notices: New official notices for the Paid Parental Leave Ordinance, Health Care Security Ordinance, and Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance are now available and must be posted in a conspicuous location at each workplace as of January 1, 2018. You can download the PDF and print (note that the Notice is 8.5″ x 14″)
Lactation in the Workplace Ordinance: The Lactation in the Workplace Ordinance becomes operative on January 1, 2018. The ordinance applies to all employers in San Francisco and requires employers to provide employees with breaks and a location for lactation. It also mandates employers to have a policy regarding lactation in the workplace.