Employment Protections for Victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault or Stalking

July 1, 2017 – groups of 25 or more employees – must provide specific information in writing to new employees upon hire and to others upon request of their rights to take leave with regard to being a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking.  The Labor Commissioner is to develop a form for making this request

Protection for Patients from Surprise Medical Bills

July 1, 2017 – patients who receive care in “in network” facilities will have to pay only in network cost sharing.  The law also says that health plans pay non contracting health care providers the plan’s average contracted rate or 125% of the Medicare rate, whichever is greater.

Comment – not much effect here as the average contracted rate is higher than 125% of Medicare – it is still a major mistake to see someone not on the provider list due to the severe cutbacks in payment allowance (the patient always pays the difference between the billed charges and the allowed amount) and, as with many contracts, the separate deductible and co insurance tracking.

San Francisco – Employer Paid Parental Leave

July 1, 2017 – groups of 35 or more employees – must provide six weeks of paid parental leave Must pay eligible employees 45% of weekly gross wages up to a maximum of $924 per week Cap based on the California Paid Family Leave Act which shows 55% and $1,129 per week For part time and temporary as well as full time – must be employed at least 180 days To determine eligibility, employers use a three month “look back” period Employer can require employees to use up to 2 weeks of unused accrued vacation first This vacation time can be counted toward the six week paid parental leave period

Eligible employees must also work at least 8 hours per week in San Francisco, with at least 40% of their weekly hours in San Francisco and be eligible for California Paid Leave