Paid Sick Leave Ordinance (PSLO) Updates Took Effect June 7th

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After considering public input on proposed PSLO Rules, the San Francisco Office of Labor Standards Enforcement published new Rules Interpreting the Paid Sick Leave Ordinance on May 7, 2018. The new Rules took effect on June 7, 2018.

The San Francisco Paid Sick Leave Ordinance requires employers to provide paid sick leave to all employees (including temporary and part-time employees) who perform work in San Francisco.  Employees earn 1 hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked.

Employers with 10 or more employees may cap an employee’s sick time balance at 72 hours.  Employers with fewer than 10 employees may cap an employee’s sick time balance at 40 hours.

Here is a summary of the rules:

  • Employees now receive one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked
  • Employees begin accruing sick leave on the 1st day of employment, but can start using paid sick leave on the 90th day of employment
  • Employers with 10 or more employees must allow employees to accrue at least up to 72 hours.
  • Employers with less than 10 employees may provide paid sick leave in different ways:
    • Allow employees to accrue up to at least 48 hours; or
    • Provide an “advance” of 24 hours or 3 days of paid sick leave to comply with the State law “up-front option,” and later allow employees to accrue up to 40 hours to comply with SF law.
  • Accrued paid sick leave carries over from year to year
  • Amount of available paid sick leave must be listed on each paycheck or wage statement
  • In addition, employees may use paid sick leave for employee’s own care or care of a specified family member or designated person. 
    • Provided are sample forms where employees may designate said person.
    • May use paid sick leave for an existing health condition or preventive care, or for specified purposes for an employee who is a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking
This poster should be printed on 8.5″ x 14″ paper and should be displayed at each worksite.  This official poster satisfies the notice posting requirements for both the San Francisco Paid Sick Leave Ordinance and the California Healthy Workplace Healthy Family Act.
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