On April 5, 2016 San Francisco became the first city in the nation to mandate employers to offer full paid parental leave. Under the existing CA Paid Family Leave program, employees (regardless of gender) are allowed to receive up to 55% of their wages for up to six weeks to care for their newborns or newly adopted children.

This new landmark law will require that businesses with at least 20 employees must cover the remaining 45% of the employee’s wages that are not provided by the Paid Family Leave program.

Below is the schedule for when the new law will take effect for different sized businesses:

  • January 2017 for businesses with 50 or more employees
  • July 2017 for businesses with 35-49 employees
  • 2018 for businesses with 20-34 employees

If you have any questions about your obligations as an employer, please contact us at info@mitzelgroup.com or reach out to your Mitzel Group, LLP attorney directly.