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City of San Francisco to Provide Paid Sick Leave for Private Sector Workers Impacted by COVID-19

On March 16, 2020, San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced the Workers and Families First Program, which will provide paid sick leave to private sector workers who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The plan includes $10 million in public funding that will provide businesses and nonprofits with financial assistance to provide an additional five days of sick leave pay to workers beyond their existing policies.

All San Francisco businesses will be eligible, with up to 20% of funds reserved for small businesses with 50 or fewer employees.  The City will contribute up to one week (40 hours) at the city’s minimum wage of $15.59 per hour per employee, or $623 per employee.  The employer will be responsible for paying the difference between the minimum wage and an employee’s hourly wage.

This program will provide funds if 1) the employee has exhausted his or her currently available sick leave, 2) the employee has exhausted or is not eligible for federal or state supplemental sick leave, and 3) the employer agrees to extend sick leave beyond current benefits.  The program is available pursuant to San Francisco’s Paid Sick Leave Ordinance and the guidance issued by San Francisco’s Office of Labor Standards Enforcement (OLSE) on March 9, 2020, or any subsequent guidance released by OLSE, including when employees are:

  • Sick,

  • Self-quarantined to prevent spread,

  • Caring for a sick family member,

  • Home because of a temporary work closure in response to a public official’s recommendation, or

  • Caring for a child who is home because of school/daycare closures in response to a public official’s recommendation.

The news release from the Office of the Mayor can be found here: Office of the Mayor of San Francisco.

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About this Author

Sandra Hanian Labor & Employment Attorney Sheppard Mullin Law Firm Los Angeles

Sandra Hanian is an associate in the Labor and Employment Practice Group in the firm's Los Angeles office.

Babak G. Yousefzadeh Partner Sheppard Mullin San Francisco, Labor and Employment Counseling ,Litigation ,Wage and Hour Class Actions

Babak Yousefzadeh is a partner in the Labor and Employment Practice Group in the firm's San Francisco office.

Areas of Practice

Babak represents employers in a full range of employment law matters, with a focus on litigation and class actions. Babak also specializes in litigation avoidance counseling. His experience includes advising and litigation on matters involving all forms of discrimination, harassment, retaliation/whistleblower issues; breach of contract disputes; wrongful termination claims; wage and hour issues; independent contractor status; workplace investigations; discipline; grievance; workplace violence; Labor Code violations; and other statutory and contractual obligations. He is experienced with single plaintiff, multi-plaintiff, and class action proceedings, and practices in both state and federal bodies, in all applicable forums.

Babak is also experienced with defending employers at trial, arbitration and administrative hearings (such as before the Department of Labor Standards Enforcement), and has defended repeated claims against employers successfully, obtaining complete defense jury verdicts, arbitration awards, and administrative rulings. He also has successfully defended employee terminations at arbitration on behalf of unionized employers.

Babak frequently advises clients regarding various labor and employment issues, and assists companies with implementing proactive compliance strategies, gives harassment and discrimination prevention trainings, and drafts employment documents such as employment agreements, employee handbooks, and separation agreements and releases. He also advises unionized employers in the often technical space where traditional labor (collective bargaining agreements) intersect with state statutory employment matters.