Paid Parental Leave Ordinance

San Francisco law requires employers to provide supplemental compensation to employees bonding with a child in addition to California Paid Family Leave.

Overview

The Paid Parental Leave Ordinance (PPLO) is a San Francisco law that applies to employers with 20 or more employees worldwide.

Under the PPLO, employers must provide supplemental compensation to employees bonding with a child in addition to any compensation they receive from California Paid Family Leave (PFL).

Employer requirements

To comply with the PPLO, employers must:

  • Post the Paid Parental Leave poster in the workplace
  • Include information about the law in the company handbook
  • Provide the Paid Parental Leave form to an employee when the employee notifies the employer that they will become a parent:
  • Employers shall pay compensation amounts based on employee’s wages. Here is how it works. California Paid Family Leave benefits + additional employer payment (Paid Parental Leave benefits), up to a cap (in 2023 and 2024, the cap is $2,700).

Employers may use the Paid Parental Leave calculator to determine PPLO compensation amount for employees.

Employee eligibility

If you work in San Francisco and have a new child, you might be able to get a weekly payment from your employer in addition to compensation from California Paid Family Leave.

You are eligible for PPLO benefits if you:

  • Are eligible for Paid Family Leave from California to bond with a baby, adopted child, or foster child
  • Have worked for the employer for at least 180 days before Paid Family Leave starts
  • Work at least 8 hours a week in the geographical boundaries of San Francisco
  • Work at least 40% of their total hours worked in the geographical boundaries of San Francisco

Apply for Paid Parental Leave compensation.

Legal authority

Administrative Code and Rules - The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed the Paid Parental Leave Ordinance on April 12, 2016.

FAQ

Resources

PPLO poster - Employers must print on 8.5 x 14 inch paper and display at each workplace.

PPLO application form

Employer step-by-step guide

Employee step-by-step guide

San Francisco PPLO calculator

Video resources

Contact us

If you have questions or wish to report a problem, call 415-554-4190 or email pplo@sfgov.org.

Last updated January 2, 2024