Regulations that took effect January 1, 2018
We hope that everyone had a safe and prosperous holiday season! As we move into 2018, we would be remiss if we didn’t remind you of few reminders of regulations that took effect as of January 1:
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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″).