HR Management & Compliance

Sick Leave: SF Approves Transition Period for Paid Sick Leave

We reported last week that the San Francisco Board of Supervisors was considering an ordinance that would give employers an additional transition period before San Francisco’s controversial paid sick leave law, Chapter 12W, takes full effect. The paid sick leave law was approved by voters and took effect on Feb. 5, 2007.

The Board and Mayor Gavin Newsom have now approved the transition period. As a result, employers are not required to pay for sick leave used by employees between February 5, 2007 and June 5, 2007 until June 6, 2007, and employers will not be liable for penalties for failing to pay for sick leave during that period. The transition ordinance, however, does not otherwise change the obligations or rights of employers and employees under the paid sick leave measure.


Our HR Management & Compliance Report: How To Comply with California and Federal Leave Laws, covers everything you need to know to stay in compliance with both state and federal law in one of the trickiest areas of compliance for even the most experienced HR professional. Learn the rules for pregnancy and parental leaves, medical exams and certifications, intermittent leaves, required notices, and more.


Under Chapter 12W, all employees working in the City and County of San Francisco accrue paid sick leave at the rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked, up to a maximum of 72 hours (or 40 hours for employers with fewer than 10 employees). For more information on the requirements of this new law, see the article in the January 2007 issue of the California Employer Advisor. 

Additional Resources:

Sick Leave: San Francisco Voters Approve Paid Sick Leave Measure; A Sign of the Times?

San Francisco Paid Sick Leave information