This webpage addresses:
Resources and Guidance for Employees
COVID-19 Safety Protocols in the Workplace
- Face Covering Requirements At Work (08/03/20)
- Management of COVID-19 Workplace Investigations and Staff Notifications (12/29/20)
- Requirements for Conducting Health Screenings for Employees (12/30/20)
- Returning to Work after COVID Illness or Exposure (12/18/20)
- Cleaning and Sanitizing Protocol for Real Estate Division and Other City Departments and Agencies (03/13/20)
- Check your Health for City Staff – Online Tool
- COVID-19 Vaccine CCSF Employee FAQs (01/15/21)
- COVID-19 Update for City Employees - COVID Vaccine Distribution (01/05/21)
- COVID-19 Update for City Employees - San Francisco and Bay Area Counties Adopt Regional Stay at Home Order (12/04/20)
- COVID-19 Update for City Employees - Remain Vigilant to Slow the Spread of COVID-19 (12/03/20)
- COVID-19 Update for City Employees - City Experiencing Surge in COVID-19 Cases and Assigned to Most Restrictive Reopening Tier (12/01/20)
- Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Resources for Employers and Workers
- Here is the Guidance for Employees of the City and County of San Francisco. Please visit the DHR Frequently Asked Questions page to find answers to questions about COVID-19.
COVID-19 Sick Leave, Emergency FMLA, or Vacation
During the COVID-19 public health emergency, the City is committed to maintaining City employee income security to the fullest extent possible, and to providing additional resources to employees who are providing front-line services during the emergency.
Accordingly, as authorized in Mayor Breed’s Supplemental Proclamation dated March 31, 2020, the Human Resources Director and the Director of Transportation for SFMTA service critical employees are implementing the following emergency leave and benefit policy changes, effective April 1, 2020.
- COVID-19 Compensation Plan (01/11/21)
- COVID-19 Compensation Plan Changes (11/06/20)
- COVID-19 Disaster Service Worker Restrictions Self-Certification Form (05/05/20)
- COVID-19 Leave Benefits for Non-Essential Travel (07/30/20)
- COVID-19 Paid Administrative Leave for Employees Working On-Site or in the Field (09/10/20)
- COVID-19 Sick Leave, Emergency FMLA, or Vacation Request Form (05/08/20)
- Employee Leaves - Frequently Asked Questions and Answers (08/04/20)
- Employee Notice - COVID-19 Disaster Service Worker Assignments and Employee Leave (04/07/20)
- Employee Notice - COVID-19 Emergency Federal Paid Sick Leave & Expanded FMLA (03/20/20)
- Reasonable Accommodations and Covid-19 Vulnerable Employees (07/21/20)
- Supplemental Emergency Sick Leave or FMLA Childcare Request Form (06/12/20)
We advise City employees to take the following steps to protect themselves and their families from infection:
- Take preventive measures such as frequent hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based sanitizer.
- Wear a mask. You can cover your nose and mouth with simple non-hospital grade facial coverings when leaving home for essential activities. Acceptable cloth facial coverings include bandanas, fabric masks and neck gaiters. Fabric covers and bandanas should be washed often and re-used.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes, avoid touching your face.
- Notify your supervisor and stay home if you are sick.
- Get your flu shot to protect against flu or symptoms similar to COVID-19
- If you feel sick, please call your primary health care provider. Employees have sick leave available should they need to stay home due to illness.
- Kaiser members: Contact the nurse advice line listed on your insurance card
- Blue Shield members: Contact your primary care physician listed on your insurance card
- United Healthcare members: Contact your physician.
Disaster Service Workers (DSW)
All City and County employees are designated by State law as Disaster Service Workers (DSWs). This means that when the Mayor declares a local emergency, employees may be deployed to different work sites than usual, or be asked to perform work duties or tasks that are different from their regular work responsibilities. As a DSW, you cannot refuse a DSW assignment when your department contacts you. However, if you are called to a DSW assignment, you will not be required to do work you are not qualified to do.
Some employees may not be available for work or a DSW assignment during this time due to illness or childcare responsibilities. If this is the case, you must be on sick or other approved leave. DHR has provided additional guidance. The DSW Assignments and Employees Leave (04/07/20) will provide more information.
If you have questions about the responsibilities of a DSW, please speak with your department’s human resources representative. For more information on Disaster Service Workers visit DHR's website: https://sfdhr.org/disaster-service-workers.
Join San Francisco’s response to COVID-19. Healthcare professionals and other healthy adults are needed to assist in the City’s response. If you would like to volunteer, check out the opportunities below. Thank you for your service during this unprecedented public health emergency.
- Emergency Healthcare Volunteers. Health care providers, public health professionals, and members of medical disaster response are needed to volunteer with the Department of Public Health. Learn more about the Emergency Healthcare Volunteer Opportunities.
- General Volunteers: Food Preparation and Distribution. If you are an adult would like to volunteer during the COVID-19 pandemic in a non-healthcare capacity, the City’s nonprofits need your help. Register here to be connected to a community food preparation and distribution effort.
- Other Volunteer Opportunities. Learn more about other COVID-19 volunteer opportunities .
The City will do all it can to minimize health risk for our employees, consistent with DPH recommendations and occupational health standards. Where a department determines it is possible, employees who can perform their work remotely are encouraged to telecommute. Some employees, including those in the vulnerable population, may not be able to telecommute because they need to be at work in order to provide critical city services, for example, health care workers, transit operators, or those serving as Disaster Service Workers. The City is encouraging departments to temporarily expand the use of telecommuting, and to consider offering flexible start and end times for shifts during this period. As you know, not all City employees have jobs that are suited to telecommuting. Review the City telecommute policy and process here: https://sfdhr.org/telecommute.
DHR is in close consultation with the Department of Public Health to keep our workforce safe. We are also committed to keep our partners in labor informed as this situation continues to evolve. Labor partners can will be directly updated from our Employee Relations Division and can also use The California Labor & Workforce Development Agency (LWDA) as a resource.