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