Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

Employers are required to provide paid sick leave to all employees (including temporary and part-time employees) who perform work in San Francisco. 

Updates

In light of California's changes to the Healthy Workplace, Healthy Families Act of 2014, OLSE has updated the Frequently Asked Questions on San Francisco's Paid Sick Leave Ordinance. 

Overview

The San Francisco Paid Sick Leave Ordinance (PSLO) requires employers to provide paid sick leave to all employees (including temporary and part-time employees) who perform work in San Francisco.  Employees earn 1 hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked.

Employers with 10 or more employees may cap an employee's sick time balance at 72 hours.  Employers with fewer than 10 employees may cap an employee's sick time balance at 40 hours.  

Poster

Paid Sick Leave Poster

Poster must be displayed at each workplace or job site. The poster is designed to be printed on 8.5" x 14" paper. 

Legal Authority

In 2006, San Francisco voters passed the Paid Sick Leave Ordinance (PSLO), becoming the first city in the United States to pass a paid sick leave law.  The law took effect on February 5th, 2007.  In 2016, San Francisco voters passed amendments to the PSLO to include worker protections that largely parallel California's Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014.

Note: OLSE guidance issued during the current Local Health Emergency temporarily supersedes any conflicting Rules or FAQs.

Contact us

If you have any questions about your rights or responsibilities, contact us: 415-554-6271 or psl@sfgov.org.

You can file a complaint if you believe your right to paid sick leave have been violated.

Last updated December 26, 2023