The Right to Request Flextime

If you work in San Francisco, did you know you have the right to request a flexible schedule? The Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance (FFWO), spearheaded by San Francisco Supervisor David Chiu, went into effect on January 1st of this year. Under the FFWO, employees working in San Francisco for an organization of 20 or more employees have the legal right to request a flexible work schedule in order to assist with the care of a child, a family member with a serious health condition, or an aging parent – without retaliation for doing so. The employer can deny the request, but must provide a written explanation that provides a “bonafide business reason for the denial and provides the employee with notice of the right to request reconsideration” (City & County of San Francisco Office of Labor Standards Enforcement FFWO)

Supervisor Chiu and others expect that this type of policy will spread. Similar legislation has already passed in Vermont. How much this new right will be exercised and impact the loyalty, productivity, and satisfaction of San Francisco employees remains to be seen, but it is certainly a very positive step in the right direction and we applaud Supervisor Chiu for his leadership in this area.

For More Information:

Employees and employers in San Francisco can utilize the Ask4Flex site to help understand and manage the details of flex requests.

Read more in a recent interview with Supervisor Chiu.

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