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March 08, 2007
San Francisco Creates Transition Period for Paid Sick Leave

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San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom has signed an ordinance that establishes a transition period for employers to implement the city's paid sick leave requirement.

The ordinance allows employers to delay paying for sick leave used by employees between February 5, 2007 and June 5, 2007 until June 6, 2007. Note that employers are still required to provide paid sick leave during the transition period--the ordinance just gives employers more time to make the payment to employees. The ordinance also temporarily suspends penalties for a failure to pay for sick leave during the transition period. The odinance makes no changes to rules covering recordkeeping and the accrual and use of paid sick leave.

In November, voters approved Proposition F, also known as the Paid Sick Leave Ordinance (PSLO), which requires employers to offer paid sick leave to all employees who perform work in San Francisco. It requires that employers give 1 hour of paid sick leave to an employee for every 30 hours worked.

Employees can accrue up to 40 hours of paid sick leave if they work for a small employer (fewer than 10 employees). Employees of larger employers can accrue up to 72 hours.

Employees can take paid sick leave for their own illness or to provide care for an ill child, parent, sibling, grandparent, grandchild, spouse, or domestic partner.

The city's paid sick leave requirements went into effect on February 5.


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