Already? San Francisco Amends and Expands Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance

Jan 16 2014 - Alternative Workweek, Benefits - Gail Cecchettini Whaley

In October 2013, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed a Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance (FFWO) that took effect January 1, 2014. Generally, the ordinance provides certain employees with the right to request a flexible work arrangement to assist with caregiving responsibilities.

The ordinance covers employers with 20 or more employees. However, the wording used in the ordinance caused uncertainty as to whether the ordinance meant 20 or more employees in San Francisco or 20 or more employees anywhere.

In response to the confusion, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed an amendment to the FFWO on January 7, 2014, to clarify that a covered employer under the FFWO is an employer with 20 or more employees anywhere. The specific language states that an employer is one “who regularly employs 20 or more employees, regardless of location.”

In plain language, if you have fewer than 20 employees in San Francisco but more than 20 employees total, the ordinance will apply to your business. The operative date of the amendment is February 14, 2014.

Gail Cecchettini Whaley, CalChamber Employment Law Counsel/Content

To read up on the FFWO’s requirements, CalChamber members can visit the HR Library’s San Francisco Family-Friendly Workplace Ordinance page.

The San Francisco Office of Labor Standards Enforcement also provides detailed information regarding the ordinance on its website.

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