San Francisco Requires Paid Sick Leave

November, 2006

In the recent elections, voters in San Francisco approved a measure requiring certain San Francisco employers to provide paid sick leave to employees.  This is believed to be the first measure of its kind.  This measure requires employers to provide employees with one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked.  This paid sick leave may be used for physical or mental illness, medical conditions, and medical diagnosis or treatment.

Further, employees can use the time for their own condition or for their child, parent, legal guardian, sibling, grandparent, grandchild, spouse or registered domestic partner.  The measure includes caps on how much time can be accrued and new employees do not begin accruing until after three months of employment with the company.

This measure becomes effective in February 2007.  Employers found in violation may be subject to penalties and civil actions.


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