Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance

NEW! Live Webinar - Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance Amendment
Date: Tuesday, July 12, 2022
Time: 1:00PM PST
            password: OLSE

Join the Office of Labor Standards Enforcement (OLSE) for a live webinar to learn about the amendment to the FFWO. Compliance with the FFWO is a requirement for companies with 20 or more employees, doing business in the City and County of San Francisco. This webinar reviews the FFWO amendment, its requirements, and will offer best practices and commoncompliance issues which may arise. A live question and answer period will conclude the session. We highly encourage you to attend and ask questions to OLSE’s knowledgeable staff.

Proposed Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance (FFWO) Rules:
The Office of Labor Standards Enforcement released PDF icon Proposed Rules Implementing the Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance (as amended) on May 27, 2022.

  • A public hearing on the proposed FFWO Rules will be held on Thursday, June 16, 2022 at 10:00 A.M. PST in City Hall, Room 408.
  • OLSE will be accepting public comments on the proposed FFWO Rules through June 16, 2022, 5:00PM PST.
  • See the PDF icon Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for more information about submitting written comment and participating in the public hearing.


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The San Francisco Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance (FFWO) gives certain employees the right to request flexible or predictable work arrangements to assist with caregiving responsibilities.

Employers with 20 or more employees are covered by the law.  Employees of these employers are covered by the law if they are (1) employed in San Francisco, (2) have been employed for six months or more by their current employer, and (3) work at least eight hours per week on a regular basis.  Covered employees may request the flexible or predictable working arrangement to assist with care for:

  1. a child or children under the age of eighteen;
  2. a person or persons with a serious health condition in a family relationship with the employee; or
  3. a parent (age 65 or older) of the employee.

Within 21 days of an employee’s request for a flexible or predictable working arrangement described above, an employer must meet with the employee regarding the request. The employer must respond to an employee’s request within 21 days of that meeting. 

An employer who denies a request must explain the denial in a written response that sets out a bona fide business reason for the denial and provides the employee with notice of the right to request reconsideration.

If you have questions about the San Francisco Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance or wish to report a violation of the law, call 415-554-6424 or email

Statutory Authority

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed the Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance on October 8, 2013. The law became operative on January 1, 2014.

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Contact Us

  • Please call (415) 554-6424 or email with questions regarding your rights and responsibilities under the San Francisco Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance.
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