Paid Parental Leave Ordinance

Paid Parental Leave Ordinance and the Coronavirus

The Paid Parental Leave Ordinance (PPLO), along with all other San Francisco labor laws, remains in full effect.  The PPLO requires that employers provide supplemental compensation for employees who are receiving Paid Family Leave(PFL) benefits for bonding with a new child.  PPLO supplemental compensation is not a tax, and therefore there are no deferrals for this mandated compensation to employees.

San Francisco workers need access to income replacement now more than ever.  The Office of Labor Standards Enforcement expects that all covered employers will continue to fully comply with their legal obligation to provide supplemental compensation.

For business assistance resources during the coronavirus outbreak, go to https://oewd.org/assistance-guidance-businesses-and-workers-impacted-covid-19

 

New! Paid Parental Leave compensation will extend to 8 weeks as of July 1, 2020. All Covered Employees get 8 weeks of Paid Family Leave for all claim effective dates beginning on or after July 1, 2020 including those that work for employers with Existing Paid Leave Policies. When a Covered Employee gets 8 weeks of PFL, that employee is also entited to 8 weeks of PPLO Supplemental Compensation. For more information about the circumstances in which an employee gets 8 weeks of PFL benefits, please refer to EDD's FAQs here. OLSE cannot answer questions about PFL.

PDF iconPaid Parental Leave Ordinance Amendment (April 2020)

Overview

 

Employees who receive California Paid Family Leave benefits to bond with a new child are entitled to up to 6 weeks of supplemental compensation from their employer.  Employers with 20 or more employees worldwide PPLO Poster are covered by the law.

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.
During the leave period, 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, subject to a cap. The 2020 PPLO Cap is $2,167 per week.

Employees must first apply for California Paid Family Leave before seeking San Francisco Paid Parental Leave benefits.  To apply for California Paid Family Leave, contact the EDD or visit the EDD website.
  • The State Paid Family Leave wage replacement rate is 60% or 70%, subject to a maximum benefit amount, with the higher percentage for those employees earning 30% or less of the California average wage.
Paid Parental Leave Ordinance Webinar (5/7/18) - slides click here; audio and video click here.
 
If you have questions about the San Francisco Paid Parental Leave Ordinance or wish to report a violation of the law, call 415-554-4190 or email pplo@sfgov.org.

Statutory Authority

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed the Paid Parental Leave Ordinance on April 12, 2016.

Forms and Documents

 
 
  • San Francisco Paid Parental Leave Calculator
    • PPLO Excel Calculator download for 2020 Claim Effective Dates: click here.   
    • PPLO Excel Calculator download for 2019 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.   

Contact Us

 
  • Please call (415) 554-4190 or email pplo@sfgov.org with questions regarding your rights and responsibilities under the San Francisco Paid Parental Leave Ordinance.
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