CaliforniaBeginning January 1, 2017, employers with 50 or more employees who have employees in San Francisco will need to begin providing payments to eligible employees who take time off to bond with a newborn child.  Employers with 35 or more employees become subject to the ordinance on July 1, 2017 and employers with 20 or more employees become subject to the ordinance on January 1, 2018.

The ordinance provides benefits to covered employees.  A covered employee is someone who:  (1) has worked for the covered employer for at least 90 days prior to the start of the leave period; (2) performs at least eight hours of work per week within the geographic boundaries of San Francisco; (3) at least 40% of the total weekly hours worked for the employer are within the geographic boundaries of San Francisco; and (4) is eligible to receive paid family leave compensation from the State of California under the Paid Family Leave law or an EDD approved voluntary plan.   Covered employees are entitled to receive up to 6 weeks of supplemental compensation while on leave.

Employers who have existing plans which provide for salary continuation for employees taking time off for new child bonding may be able to take advantage of an exemption in the ordinance which excludes employers who already provide paid parental leave benefits.  Employers should review their policies now to ensure that existing benefits are sufficient to satisfy the requirements of the exemption and to make necessary updates before the ordinance becomes effective.

The San Francisco Office of Labor Standards Enforcement maintains a site on its web page providing resources for the  Paid Parental Leave Ordinance.

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Cepideh Roufougar is a Principal in the San Francisco, California, office of Jackson Lewis P.C.

Ms. Roufougar is Co-Leader of the California Advice and Counsel Resource Group. She advises and counsels management in all areas of labor and employment law, with a focus…

Cepideh Roufougar is a Principal in the San Francisco, California, office of Jackson Lewis P.C.

Ms. Roufougar is Co-Leader of the California Advice and Counsel Resource Group. She advises and counsels management in all areas of labor and employment law, with a focus on identifying practical solutions to help ensure compliance with state and federal law. Ms. Roufougar positions herself as a strategic partner when providing advice and counsel about litigation avoidance, employee management issues, implementing disciplinary actions, and collective bargaining issues. Her ability to see the big picture clearly and understand her client’s businesses in emotionally charged and highly complex disputes has helped her clients financially and prevented litigation. Her clients rely on her to guide them through both short-term and long-term planning to achieve their unique goals and strategies.

Ms. Roufougar is an experienced trainer and presents seminars on a wide range of subjects, including: leave management and reasonable accommodations; preventing discrimination, harassment and retaliation; implementing and sustaining disciplinary actions; conducting defensible workplace investigations; first-line supervisor trainings; performance management/evaluations; and wage and hour issues.

Ms. Roufougar has been successful in helping her clients prevail in numerous arbitrations and administrative appeals. She has extensive experience representing employers in labor and employment disputes. She has defended employers in employment litigation matters, including claims alleging violations of the Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights Act, FLSA collective actions, and claims of harassment and discrimination. Ms. Roufougar also conducts complex workplace investigations.

Before joining Jackson Lewis, Ms. Roufougar practiced at a well-regarded local labor and employment firm and served as in-house counsel for a local public agency.