Paid Parental Leave Ordinance

PPLO News

 

  • The Paid Parental Leave for Bonding with New Child Ordinance ("Paid Parental Leave Ordinance" or "PPLO") was passed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on April 12, 2016 and signed by Mayor Lee on April 21, 2016. Employer phase in:
    • Employers with 50 or more employees are required to comply beginning on January 1, 2017.
    • Employers with 35 or more employees are required to comply beginning on July 1, 2017. 
    • Employers with 20 or more employees are required to comply beginning on January 1, 2018.

 

  • New 2018 Poster: Employers must post the required PDF icon2018 Paid Parental Leave Poster in a conspicuous location at all work places or job sites as of January 1, 2018

 

  • Changes in state law beginng in 2018 - AB 908 goes into effect January 1, 2018 and establishes a State wage replacement rate of 60% or 70%, with the higher percentage for those employees earning 30% or less of the California average wage. This law also removes the seven day waiting period for California Paid Family Leave benefits. 
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  • New:  PPLO Webinar slides from December 11, 2017, which includes calculation examples for 2018 wage replacement rates: click here. For audio and video: click here.

 

Overview
 
 
 
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The Paid Parental Leave Ordinance amends the San Francisco Police Code to require employers to provide supplemental compensation to employees who are receiving California Paid Family Leave for purposes of bonding with a new child. 

Employer phase in:

  • Employers with 50 or more employees are required to comply beginning on January 1, 2017.
  • Employers with 35 or more employees are required to comply beginning on July 1, 2017. 
  • Employers with 20 or more employees are required to comply beginning on January 1, 2018. 

Covered Employees  

A “Covered Employee” entitled to Supplemental Compensation under the PPLO is an employee:

  1. Who began employment with the Covered Employer at least 180 days prior to the start of the leave period; 
  2. Who performs at least eight hours of work per week for the employer in San Francisco;
  3. At least 40% of whose total weekly hours worked for the employer are in San Francisco; and
  4. Who is eligible to receive paid family leave compensation under the California Paid Family Leave law for the purpose of bonding with a new child.

         

Supplemental Compensation 

During the leave period, Covered Employers are required to provide Supplemental Compensation in an amount such that the California Paid Family Leave wage replacement plus the Supplemental Compensation equals 100% of the employee’s gross weekly wage. The ordinance requires employers to pay supplemental compensation during the 6-week leave period.
 
 
In cases where an employee has multiple Covered Employers, the Supplemental Compensation amount is apportioned between or among the Employers based on the percentage of the employee’s total gross weekly wages received from each employer. In cases where an employee works for a Covered Employer and a non-Covered Employer, the Covered Employer is responsible only for its percentage of the employee’s total gross weekly wages.
 
Maximum Weekly Benefit Limitation

The PPLO includes a cap on the total amount of an employee's benefits, and the cap is proportional to the CA PFL maximum weekly benefit amount. For CA PFL claim effective dates in 2017, an employee's maximum weekly total benefit (from the state and from the employer) would be $2,133. An employee's maximum weekly total benefit for claim effective dates in 2018 would be $2,027. 
 
Resources  
 

 

 

  •  PPLO Excel Calculator download for 2018 Claim Effective Dates: click here. 

  • PPLO Excel Calculator download for 2017 Claim Effective Dates: click here.

 

  •  Calculation Instructions - Step-by-step instructions on calculating the amount of Supplemental Compensation a Covered Employer must pay to a Covered Employee.   
Statute
   

Paid Parental Leave Ordinance - San Francisco Police Code Article 33H 

SF Paid Parental Leave Rules published December 23, 2016 (technical corrections posted 12/29/2016 and 5/18/2017)

 

Contact Us
 

 

Please contact our office at pplo@sfgov.org or at (415) 554-4190 with questions regarding the San Francisco Paid Parental Leave Ordinance.

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