The San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved a number of important measures at its board meeting Tuesday. They include: becoming the first city in the nation to provide fully paid parental leave, the first to ban evictions of school employees during the school year, and the declaration of a shelter crisis for the city's homeless.
Paid Parental Leave
San Francisco is now the first place in the nation to require companies to give their workers six weeks of fully paid parental leave. The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the measure.
The state currently allows workers who become new parents to receive 55 percent of their pay for up to six weeks of bonding time with their new child.
That money comes out of a worker-funded state insurance program. The proposal approved Tuesday will require employers in San Francisco with at least 20 employees to make up the rest.
"This is absolutely an issue of income inequality, where we have higher-paid workers who frequently have better access to parental leave than lower-paid workers that have little or no access," said Supervisor Scott Wiener, who introduced the legislation.