This page is dedicated to providing the latest news and information about Department of Human Resources programs and accomplishments, and spotlights important City opportunities and benefits.
Electronic Workers’ Compensation Benefit Payments to Employees
Employees with disabling work injury claims will now receive benefit payments in the same manner as they receive their paychecks.
Safety Regulations Governing Employee Exposure to Wildfire Smoke
The California Safety and Health Standards Board implemented emergency regulations that govern an employer's responsibility for protecting employees who may be exposed to wildfire smoke at work.
Annual Report on Sexual Harassment Complaints
In light of the national conversation about sexual harassment, this year the Department of Human Resources (DHR) expanded its annual report to the Mayor, Board of Supervisors, Human Rights Commission and Department on the Status of Women on sexual harassment complaints filed by employees and applicants for employment.
New Gender Inclusion Policy for City Employees
DHR and the Office of Transgender Initiatives have launched a new gender inclusion policy for the City. The policy benefits transgender and gender nonconforming City employees, applicants, and contractors by reinforcing the City’s values of diversity and inclusion, and providing clear direction for employees, managers, and HR professionals. The policy is accompanied by guidance for human resources professionals and transitioning employees, and includes protocols for using chosen names and pronouns, accessing gender-specific facilities, maintaining confidentiality, and more.
Office Ergonomic Awareness Training
Human Resources Director Micki Callahan launches Office Ergonomic Awareness training through the electronic learning management portal. The program was developed in collaboration with DHR’s Workforce Development Division, Workers’ Compensation Division, the Department of Public Health, and safety experts from many other departments. Office Ergonomic Awareness training instructs employees who regularly use computer equipment how to increase comfort, improve safety and reduce the risk of injury. It is available to all city employees. To access the program, log in to the SF Employee Portal.
Workers’ Compensation Alternative Dispute Resolution Program Launch!
Human Resources Director Micki Callahan proudly announces the July 1, 2019 launch of the San Francisco Alternative Dispute Resolution Program or “Carve-Out” for sworn members of the San Francisco Police Officer’s Association and the San Francisco Fire Fighters Local 798. These labor agreements, approved by Mayor London N. Breed and the State Division of Workers’ Compensation, create more efficient ways of managing work-injury claims. Our program, overseen by Workers’ Compensation Director Peggy Sugarman in collaboration with a Joint Labor Management Committee, is designed to reduce litigation and costs by:
- Having a Member Advocate/Ombudsperson available to provide injured employees with information and assistance in resolving any concerns or disputes;
- Addressing disputed medical issues promptly using pre-approved Independent Medical Evaluators; and
- Moving disputes quickly to pre-approved mediators and arbitrators for prompt resolution.
The City and its union partners completed bargaining May 31, 2019. By the numbers:
- 27 total successor memoranda of understanding (MOUs)
- 25 went to Board of Supervisors for approval May 14
- Final two contracts (nurses) submitted May 31
- Covers over 20,000 City employees
- Three-year agreements
- City reached full settlement with 19 unions on agreements
- Eight contracts decided in part through arbitration
- City provided employees with fair wage increase of 11 percent over three years.