COVID-19 Laws, Guidance, and Resources

I. Labor Laws

COVID-Related Employment Protections Ordinance 
Prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of COVID-19 status.  Please visit the COVID-Related Employment Protections Ordinance webpage
 

San Francisco Grocery Store, Drug Store, Restaurant, and On-Demand Delivery Service Worker Protections Ordinance 
Grocery stores, drug stores, restaurants, and on-demand delivery services must implement specified COVID-19 safety measures.  Please visit the Worker Protections Ordinance webpage
 

Health Plan Requirements for Specified COVID-19 Essential Services Contracts  With limited exceptions, City contractors that enter into a COVID-19 essential services contract for food service, delivery of food, janitorial services, or cleaning services must offer their covered employees and covered employees’ dependents health plan benefits that meet the PDF icon minimum standards prepared by the Health Director.  Covered employees are employees that work for 2 hours or more per week on the essential services contract within San Francisco.

These requirements apply to COVID-19 essential services contracts first advertised, selected, or initiated after May 13, 2020.

To read the full Mayoral Directive, click PDF icon here.  For more information, call (415) 554-7903 or email HCAO@sfgov.org.

 

COVID-Related Hazard Pay Ordinance - EXPIRED - Required grocery stores and drug stores with 500 or more employees worldwide, including at least 20 employees in San Francisco, and janitorial and security contractors at these stores, to pay employees an additional five dollars per hour (up to $35 per hour) during the public health emergency related to COVID-19.  This ordinance became operative on Monday, March 22 and expired on Tuesday, June 15

PDF icon COVID-Related Hazard Pay Ordinance 
PDF icon COVID-Related Hazard Pay Ordinance Frequently Asked Questions updated May 20, 2021

 

II. Access to Additional Paid Sick Leave Hours / Financial Assistance

  • New! California 2021 COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave - covered employees in the public or private sectors who work for employers with more than 25 employees are entitled to up to 80 hours of COVID-19 related sick leave from January 1, 2021 through September 30, 2021.  For more information, please go to the Calfifornia Labor Commissioner's website.
     
  • San Francisco's Right to Recover Program provides $1,285 to reimburse or pay reasonable and necessary personal, family, or living expenses to any worker who lives in San Francisco who tests positive for COVID-19, and anticipates experiencing financial hardship during their two-week quarantine or isolation. There is no application process and the City will not ask or record any citizenship or immigration questions. Immigration status does not affect eligibility. For questions, email workforce.connection@sfgov.org or call 415-701-4817.
     

III. OLSE Guidance


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

  • You have been laid off or your hours have been reduced - file an Unemployment Insurance claim
  • 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
  • You are unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19 - file a Disability Insurance claim
  • 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.
 

V. 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.

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