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 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.
New!Paid Parental Leave compensation will extend to 8 weeks as of July 1, 2020. The State of California recently passed SB-83, which will extend Paid Family Leave benefits from 6 weeks to 8 weeks for claims starting on or after July 1, 2020. The San Francisco Paid Parental Leave Ordinance requires employers to pay “supplemental compensation” for the full period that a covered employee receives Paid Family Leave to bond with a child. When this period increases from 6 to 8 weeks next year, all covered employers will be required to extend their Paid Parental Leave compensation from 6 to 8 weeks as well. Sign up for the OLSE email list to receive updates & new materials.If you have questions about 8 weeks of Paid Family Leave, please contact the California Employment Development Department (EDD).
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 are covered by the law.
A “Covered Employee” entitled to supplemental compensation under the PPLO is an employee:
Who began employment with the covered employer at least 180 days prior to the start of the leave period;
Who performs at least eight hours of work per week for the employer in San Francisco;
At least 40% of whose total weekly hours worked for the employer are in San Francisco; and
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 email@example.com.
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed the Paid Parental Leave Ordinance on April 12, 2016.