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February 01, 2007
San Francisco Paid Sick Leave Mandate Effective Next Week

Employers must offer paid sick leave to all employees who perform work in San Francisco beginning February 5, 2007.

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In November, voters in the city approved Proposition F, making the city the first to require employers to offer paid sick leave.

The ordinance requires employers to give 1 hour of paid sick leave to an employee for every 30 hours worked. Under the ordinance, current employees will begin accruing paid sick leave on February 5. Future hires will begin accruing paid sick leave 90 calendar days after their first day of work.

Under the ordinance, employees are allowed to 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. The caps just apply to the amount of paid sick leave that is allowed to accrue in the bank. The ordinance sets no limits on the amount of paid sick leave an employee could use in a year.

The ordinance allows employees to take the paid sick leave for their own illness or to provide care for an ill child, parent, sibling, grandparent, grandchild, spouse, or domestic partner.

The ordinance allows employers to offer more generous paid sick leave policies.


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