Paid Parental Leave Ordinance

Notice Paid Parental Leave compensation was extended 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 icon Paid Parental Leave Ordinance Amendment (April 2020)



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 2021 PPLO Cap is $2,262 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

Statutory Authority

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

Forms and Documents


Contact Us

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