So there was a rule about bicycle commuting, and there was a rule saying that groups of 20 had to offer some form of commuter ease…but now San Francisco is making mandatory for groups of 50 or more employees something they should have found easy to do already – provide tax free commuter reimbursement to their employees. For those who work 20 hours or more per week, employers must provide the following options:

  1. Pre tax benefit: employer allows employees to exclude their transit or vanpool costs from taxable income (which federal law has allowed for many years)
  2. Employer provided subsidy for transit or vanpools, up to $75 per month
  3. Employer provided transit
  4. Alternate commuter benefit provided by employers