San Francisco

What is the San Francisco Paid Parental Leave Ordinance?

In 2016, San Francisco became the first jurisdiction to provide fully paid parental leave to eligible employees. The San Francisco Paid Parental Leave Ordinance (SF PPLO), passed by the Board of Supervisors and signed into law by Mayor Ed Lee in April 2016, requires employers who have employees working in San Francisco to provide Supplemental Compensation to workers who are receiving California Paid Family Leave (PFL) benefits to bond with a new child, so that employees receive up to 100% of their normal weekly wages during 6 weeks of parental leave.

Who is Eligible for SF PPLO?

A new parent working in San Francisco for an employer with at least 35 employees (20+ on January 1, 2018) and who meets ALL of the following requirements is covered under the SF PPLO and eligible to receive Supplemental Compensation from their employer:

  1. commenced work for your covered employer at least 180 calendar days before start of your Paid Family Leave payment period; 
  2. work at least 8 hours per week in San Francisco for your covered employer;
  3. work in San Francisco at least 40% of your weekly hours for your covered employer; and
  4. apply for and receive California Paid Family Leave benefits for bonding.

Note: PPLO does not apply to government employees.

  • Anti-Retaliation: It is unlawful for an employer to deny Supplemental Compensation or to retaliate against an employee for requesting or taking SF PPLO.

How Does It Work?

California Paid Family Leave (PFL) is a state benefits program that provides eligible employees with up to 55% (in 2018, the rate will increase to 60% or 70%, depending on income) of their weekly wages for up to 6 weeks to bond with a newborn, newly adopted or foster child. Under the SF PPLO, employers are required to provide employees receiving state PFL for new child bonding with “Supplemental Compensation” equal to the difference between the employee’s PFL benefit amount and the employee’s normal gross weekly wages such that the employee receives up to 100% of their weekly wages, subject to a weekly maximum benefit amount, for up to 6 weeks .

What Are My Rights?

Anti-Retaliation: It is unlawful for an employer to deny supplemental compensation or to retaliate against an employee for requesting or taking SF PPLO.

If you have questions about your rights under the SF PPLO and/or if you think your rights have been violated, contact Legal Aid at Work’s Work and Family Helpline at 1-800-880-8047. You can also contact the OLSE at or call 415-554-4190 with questions about the ordinance.

More About the SF PPLO:

  1. Frequently Asked Questions
  2. How to Apply

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