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


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 COVID-19 Rights to Recovery Program - if you test positive for COVID-19 and you do not have sick days or any access to other income during the recovery period, you may be eligible for the COVID-19 Rights to Recovery Program. There is no application process and the City will not ask or record any citizenship or immigration questions. Immigration status does not affect eligibility. To access the program call the COVID Resource Center at (628) 217-6101

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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