The City is providing $10 million to reimburse businesses with employees located in SF to provide additional paid sick time for those employees.
The funding is first come, first served. Part of the funding is reserved for businesses with fewer than 50 employees, to help our small businesses.
If you pay your SF employees for extra sick time, we will reimburse you $15.59 per hour for the extra sick leave, up to 40 hours. We will reimburse you up to $311,176 (equivalent to covering 499 full-time employees).
Check if your business is eligible
You must have employees who work in SF. You also must have already exhausted all possible sick leave beyond your existing policy.
Apply for pre-approval
We will ask for some information about your business. This includes how many staff work in SF and how many hours they work per week.
Prepare your pre-approval documents
After you have submitted the form, reply to your confirmation email and attach the following business documents:
- W-9 tax form
- Existing sick leave policy
- Workers’ Comp policy
We will then review your application and email you an update within a few days, about whether you have been pre-approved.
Pay for 5 extra days of sick leave
You must pay your SF staff for the extra sick time before you can get reimbursed.
The reimbursement will cover the minimum wage, for up to 40 hours for each employee. You will pay the difference between your staff’s wages and $15.59 per hour.
Gather documents for reimbursement
We will ask you for documentation that you have:
- Paid your SF staff for extra sick time (copies of cancelled checks or electronic payment proof, and pay stubs)
- Claimed the federal sick leave tax credit for coronavirus (if you have between 200 and 499 employees)
Claim your reimbursement
We will send pre-approved businesses a link where you can send in your reimbursement claims.
You can send in your claims on a rolling basis. You must submit all your claims within 90 days after getting approved for funding.
Get reimbursed from the City
We’ll reimburse you for the number of staff you submitted in your approval application. If you want to be reimbursed for more staff, we may be able to reimburse you if we have funding for it.
Keep your records. We may follow up to make sure the funds were used appropriately.
Last updated March 27, 2020