SF academics, cops, firefighters, deputies shocked they’re ineligible for Public Well being Emergency Depart

SF academics, cops, firefighters, deputies shocked they’re ineligible for Public Well being Emergency Depart

Final June, almost two-thirds of San Francisco voters authorised Prop. G, which mandated that metropolis employers with 100 or extra staff present emergency sick depart throughout a public well being emergency. 

With such a requirement in place, a San Francisco employee can keep at residence and get well from covid — or look after a member of the family — with out burning all of his or her sick days. 

The ordinance is aimed primarily at non-public employers, but in addition mandates the town of San Francisco to supply emergency depart for its tens of hundreds of staff. However a whole lot of metropolis workers — and hundreds of academics at Metropolis School, San Francisco State and the San Francisco Unified Faculty District — have been flabbergasted to be taught that this safety doesn’t apply to them. Within the occasion of a covid emergency, they could be pressured to burn by their sick days — the very situation this ordinance sought to stop.  

At problem are two particular carve-outs within the regulation. One notes that the time period employer “shall embody the Metropolis, however shall not embody any authorities entity aside from the town.” That excludes public college staff and federal and state workers — together with the tens of hundreds of staff at UCSF. 

The opposite specification requires workers to work “inside the geographic boundaries of the town.” This excludes a whole lot of San Francisco workers similar to Sheriff’s Division jail guards in San Bruno, San Francisco law enforcement officials on the Airport Bureau, airport firefighters, and Public Utilities Fee workers engaged on Hetch Hetchy and all through Northern California. 

Whereas these carve-outs weren’t unintentional — this was not a drafting error — affected workers are solely now studying that they may not obtain covid emergency depart. 

“We’re writing to tell you that California’s COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Depart coverage expired on Dec. 31, 2022. SFUSD is honoring a grace interval to make sure that workers can entry claims to their COVID Sick Depart. Workers have till Feb. 15 to assert COVID Sick Depart,” reads a letter despatched to each San Francisco public college educator on Feb. 6. 

“As of Feb. 16, workers will not have the ability to use COVID Sick Depart and may use common Sick Depart as a substitute. Please observe that there isn’t a pay-out possibility for COVID Sick Depart.”