The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed the Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance on October 8, 2013. The citywide law became operative on January 1, 2014. This ordinance gives certain employees the right to request a flexible work arrangement and gives the employer the right to refuse for legitimate business reasons.
The FFWO requires that employers with 20 or more employees allow any employee who is employed in San Francisco, has been employed for six months or more by the current employer, and works at least eight hours per week on a regular basis to request a flexible or predictable working arrangement to assist with caregiving responsibilities. The employee may request the flexible or predictable working arrangement to assist with care for:
- a child or children under the age of eighteen;
- a person or persons with a serious health condition in a family relationship with the employee; or
- a parent (age 65 or older) of the employee.
Within 21 days of an employee’s request for a flexible or predictable working arrangement described above, an employer must meet with the employee regarding the request. The employer must respond to an employee’s request within 21 days of that meeting.
An employer who denies a request must explain the denial in a written response that sets out a bona fide business reason for the denial and provides the employee with notice of the right to request reconsideration.
An amendment to the FFWO was finally passed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on January 7, 2013 and became operative on February 14, 2014. The amendment clarifies that a covered Employer under the FFWO is an employer with 20 or more employees anywhere. For more information, see the FFWO Amendment (PDF).