San Francisco Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance (FFWO)

If you’ve been paying attention, you know that one of our recurring themes involves the challenges that California law imposes on employers. We’ve summarized the various California legal requirements in this guide (pdf).

But San Francisco employers have it worse. In addition to the rigorous and constantly shifting state law requirements, they also have

We’ve known since its enactment that San Francisco’s Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance applies to employers with 20 or more employees. But what was about as clear as a June day here (photo below) was whether to count just employees based in San Francisco or to count all company employees regardless of where they’re based. Now,

Now that San Francisco’s Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance has been in effect for a couple of weeks, it’s completely understandable that employers would want to know if the law applies to them. The uncertainty is particularly acute for employers with fewer than 20 employees in San Francisco, but more than 20 employees in total.


On January 1, 2014, San Francisco’s newly enacted Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance will take effect. I explained the basics of the Ordinance here. Since then, there’ve been some developments that SF employers should be aware of.

First, employers can download the mandatory poster here in English, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Tagalog, and Vietnamese, I think. My

As the year end approaches it’s time to revisit your employee handbook and incorporate any updates reflecting changes in the law or your company’s practices.

At first, I thought this year only had a few minor handbook edits needed, including:

  • Add the word “stalking” to protections for domestic violence victims.
  • Expand the protections for victims

On October 1, 2013, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors adopted a “Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance” (pdf) that will take effect January 1, 2014. Mayor Ed Lee announced that he’ll sign the Ordinance, which applies to any employer who regularly employs 20 or more employees and the employer’s agents. It’s unclear whether the ordinance only counts