PROPOSITION E – PAID SICK LEAVE
Placed on the ballot by the Board of Supervisors
Requires a simple majority of votes for passage.
Shall the City amend the Paid Sick Leave Ordinance to adopt all state law provisions on sick leave without reducing any coverage, and allow employees to use paid sick leave hours for the broader purposes authorized by state law?
In 2006, San Francisco voters approved the Paid Sick Leave Ordinance requiring one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked, up to 40 hours of paid leave. For employers with more than 10 employees the paid sick leave is capped at 72 hours. Under this ordinance, paid sick leave begins to accrue 90 days after the first date of employment.
California offers slightly broader protections for employees under a state paid sick leave policy, where leave accrues on the date of hire but cannot be used for the first 90 days.
Employers are required to comply with both Paid Sick Leave Ordinance and state law. The City is only required to offer employees benefits under the City’s Paid Sick Leave Ordinance.
Proposition E would amend the City’s Paid Sick Leave Ordinance to parallel state law as follows:
- Employees would begin to accrue paid sick leave on the first date of employment,
- Employees who are rehired by the same employer within a year will have their unused paid sick leave reinstated,
- Qualifying paid sick leave would expand to include state law provisions for domestic violence, stalking, or sexual assault, bone marrow or organ donation and,
- Employees could use paid leave to care for a biological, adoptive, or foster parent, step-parent, or guardian of their spouse or registered partner, or employee’s guardian when the employee is a minor.
The Board of Supervisors would be allowed to amend the Paid Sick Leave Ordinance to adopt broader protections offered by state law
A “YES” Vote Means: You want to amend the Paid Sick Leave Ordinance to include greater state law benefits for employees and use of sick leave hours for broader purposes.
A “NO” Vote Means: You do not want to amend the Paid Sick Leave Ordinance.
ARGUMENTS IN FAVOR PROP E:
- The proposed amendments combine San Francisco policy with state laws, creating clarity for both employees and employers
- Proposition E conforms paid sick leave uses and definition of qualifying uses with state law, without reducing City benefits that are greater than the state law.
ARGUMENTS AGAINST PROP E:
- Expanding uses of sick leave without state caps will increase the cost to employers, especially those with less than 10 employees
- An increase to paid sick leave will burden employees not taking leave with greater hours and a larger work load.
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