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:: Monday, February 05, 2007 ::

I Love My City


California is pretty forward thinking with its laws, but San Francisco beats even that. With one of the highest minimum wages in the country at $9.14 an hour (totally needed--the cost of living here is insane), I thought I had it pretty good. Now, thanks to a ballot measure voted on last year, I have it even better--paid sick leave. Here are some highlights of the law, from sfgate.

-- All businesses must provide paid sick leave for their employees working in San Francisco. That includes full-time, part-time and temporary employees.

-- Paid sick leave begins to accrue on Feb. 5, 2007, or, for employees hired after that, 90 calendar days after their first day of work.

-- Employees accrue one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours they work.

-- At businesses with fewer than 10 employees, there is a cap of 40 hours of accrued paid sick leave per employee. At businesses with 10 or more employees, the cap is 72 hours.

-- Employers with a paid-time-off program can count that as their sick leave program if it can be used for the same purposes and meets the accrual requirements.

-- Employees may use their paid sick leave not only for their own illnesses but to care for family members, including registered domestic partners.

-- If employees have no spouse or registered domestic partner, they may use their sick leave to care for an unrelated "designated person" such as a roommate or neighbor. Employees must be given an opportunity to designate this person once every year.

-- Employers may take "reasonable measures" to verify that employees are using their leave lawfully. It is not considered reasonable to require a doctor's note for all absences.


At the rate of one hour of sick leave for every 30 hours worked, I ought to recieve five hours of leave each month. Not too shabby. In fact, it outpaces my vacation time--I currently earn one hour of vacation for every 50 hours worked. Woah, it more than doubles my vacation time! Yea for this fine fine city of mine.

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