Office of Labor Standards Enforcement

The San Francisco Office of Labor Standards Enforcement (OLSE) advances the welfare of San Francisco’s workers through the enforcement of labor laws, proactive public education, and high-quality public service.  OLSE is an office of the General Services Agency, an executive branch department under Mayor London N. Breed

Coronavirus COVID-19 Guidance and Resources

New!  Pursuant to the Mayor's March 23, 2020 proclamation, the City is cancelling the employer requirement to submit the 2019 Annual Reporting Form for the Health Care Security Ordinance (HCSO) and the Fair Chance Ordinance (FCO).

All other requirements of the HCSO and FCO are still in effect for employers covered by these ordinances.

Available Now! The City will contribute up to 40 hours of additional paid sick leave time to employees beyond existing policies through the Workers and Families First Program. This new program provides financial assistance to businesses and nonprofits and may support over 16,000 additional weeks of sick leave pay and coverage for up to 25,000 San Francisco employees working in the city or on City-owned property, including the San Francisco International Airport. All San Francisco businesses are eligible, with up to 20% of funds reserved for small businesses with 50 or fewer employees. Applications are now available. Employers may apply through the Office of Economic & Workforce Development here.

OLSE Guidance
Paid Sick Leave - Updated Guidance issued March 24, 2020 Updated!
OLSE's March 24, 2020 guidance clarifies paid sick leave eligibility and separations of employment.

Minimum Compensation Ordinance - Guidance issued March 18, 2020

Health Care Security Ordinance
Paid Parental Leave


Worker Resources
The California Employment Development Department (EDD) can assist workers in the following situations:

1. You have been laid off or your hours have been reduced - file an Unemployment Insurance claim
2. You are unable to work because your child’s school is closed, and you have to miss work to be there for them - you may be eligible for Unemployment Insurance benefits
3. You are unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19 - file a Disability Insurance claim
4. You are unable to work because you are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19 - file a Paid Family Leave claim

For more information, go to EDD's coronavirus assistance webpage and Frequently Asked Questions.


Employer Resources
The San Francisco Office of Economic & Workforce Development (OEWD) is providing guidance and business assistance for employers affected by the current Coronavirus outbreak.

For more information, go to OEWD's coronavirus assistance webpage.




I. San Francisco Labor Laws - City Wide


II. San Francisco Labor Laws - City Contractors

All Employers 
Employers with 5 or more employees (Total, Across All Locations) 
Employers with 20 or more employees (Total, Across All Locations) 
Formula Retail Establishments