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.

CURRENT ISSUES

If you have any questions or concerns, please email us.

SF Labor Law Updates for January 1, 2019 from the Office of Economic and Workforce Development

1. 2019 Health Care Expenditure rates
Under the Health Care Security Ordinance, employers must spend a minimum amount on health care for their San Francisco employees. As of January 1, 2019, the rates are as follows.

  • Employers with 20-99 workers worldwide:$1.95 per hour.
  • Employers with 100 or more workers worldwide: $2.93 per hour.

2. Health Care Security Ordinance 2019 Poster
The new 2019 poster for the Health Care Security Ordinance is now available. This poster must be placed at each job site or workplace in a location where employees can read it easily. It must be posted as of January 1, 2019. You can download the PDF and print it on 8.5″ x 14″ paper. You may also receive a copy in the mail.

3. Lactation in the Workplace Enforcement
Starting January 1, 2019, the City may penalize employers for violations of the Lactation in the Workplace Ordinance. The law took effect January 1, 2018. The City issued warnings and notices to correct during the first year of implementation. Under the law, all employers must provide employees in San Francisco with breaks and a location for lactation. Employers must also maintain a policy on lactation in the workplace.

4. Fair Chance Ordinance
An amendment to the Fair Chance Ordinance took effect on October 1, 2018. The law now applies to employers with 5 or more employees worldwide. The law regulates how employers conduct criminal background checks. There is also a new Fair Chance Ordinance poster that employers must have displayed as of October 1, 2018.

5. Additional San Francisco Labor Law Posters
The required posters for the following ordinances remain unchanged as of January 1, 2019. If they apply to your business, make sure you have them posted where employees can see them easily.