San Francisco — Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance

Many people struggle with family caregiving obligations — caring for young children, ill family members, or elderly relatives.  Frequently, those responsible for caregiving need changes at work in order to meet their obligations.  San Francisco’s Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance, effective January 1, 2014, grants workers the right to request flexibility or predictability for family caregiving.  It also prohibits retaliation against workers who make requests and prohibits discrimination against employees because they are caregivers.

For further information about your employment rights, contact the Work & Family Project.


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