There are five San Francisco labor laws that may apply to employers with contracts or leases with the City: Prevailing Wage, Minimum Compensation Ordinance, Health Care Accountability Ordinance, Sweatfree Ordinance, and Displaced Worker Protection Act. For more information on each of these labor laws, please click on the links below.
Employees on government funded contracts must be paid prevailing wages. In addition, the Board of Supervisors has set prevailing wage rates for city contractors in the following fields: Janitorial, Window Cleaners, Parking Lot Attendants, Theatrical Workers, Moving Services, and Sanitary Truck Drivers & Helpers.
Minimum Compensation Ordinance
The Minimum Compensation Ordinance (MCO) generally requires City contractors and certain tenants to provide their covered employees with (a) no less than the MCO hourly wage in effect; (b) 12 paid days off per year (or cash equivalent); and (c) 10 days off per year without pay per year.
Health Care Accountability Ordinance
The Health Care Accountability Ordinance (HCAO) generally requires City contractors and certain tenants to offer health plan benefits to their covered employees, to make payment to the City for use by the Department of Public Health, or, under limited circumstances, to make payments directly to their covered employees.
Sweatfree Contracting Ordinance
Contractors that supply apparel, garments, and corresponding accessories, materials, supplies, or equipment are prohibited from manufacturing or assembling those goods in sweatshop conditions, as defined by the ordinance.
Displaced Worker Protection Act
Among other provisions, the Displaced Worker Protection Act requires security and janitorial or building maintenance contractors that employ 25 or more persons to implement a transition employment period for employees employed by the terminated contractor or its subcontractors.
For information on federal labor laws, please contact the U.S. Department of Labor. For more information on California labor laws, please contact the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement.