January 12, 2016

The California Employment Development Department (EDD) recently announced that the 2016 employee contribution rate for State Disability Insurance will remain at 0.9 percent. The taxable wage base from which the contributions will be taken will increase from $104,378 to $106,742 for calendar year 2016 and the maximum cost to an employee will be $960.68.

For claims beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2016, weekly benefits range from $50 to a maximum of $1,129. To qualify for the maximum weekly benefit amount ($1,129) an individual must earn at least $26,070.92 in a calendar quarter during the base period.

Finally, effective Jan. 1, 2016, the tax rate for employers, partners and self-employed individuals who choose coverage in California's temporary disability insurance program is 4.67 percent.

Disability Insurance and Paid Family Leave Benefit Amounts »

Rates, Withholding Schedules and Meals and Lodging Values »

The San Francisco Health Care Security Ordinance (HCSO) requires covered employers to satisfy an employer spending requirement by making health care expenditures for their covered employees, among other reporting and notice requirements. For more information on what constitutes covered employers/covered employees, please visit the San Francisco HCSO website, linked below.

The health care expenditure rate varies depending on the size of the employer and increases slightly each year. As of Jan. 1, 2016, the health care expenditure rate for employers with 100 or more employees will be $2.53 per hour payable (up from $2.48 per hour payable in 2015). For employers with 20 to 99 employees, the expenditure rate will increase to $1.68 per hour payable (up from $1.65 per hour payable in 2015).

The San Francisco Office of Labor Standards Enforcement (OLSE) is responsible for enforcing the employer requirements of the HCSO.

San Francisco HCSO Website »

Beginning Jan. 1, 2016, the city of San Francisco requires that at least 80 percent of the required amount of health care expenditures for each covered employee must be made as irrevocable expenditures. An irrevocable health care expenditure is a health care expenditure that has not been retained by and cannot at any time be recovered by or returned to the employer. For more information on what constitutes a revocable and irrevocable expenditure, please visit the HCSO website.

San Francisco HCSO Website »

All covered employers are required by the HCSO to post an official notice regarding the HCSO in a conspicuous place at any workplace or job site where any covered employee works. The HCSO has released a new 2016 Official OLSE Notice (note: the Notice is 8.5” x 14”). Covered employers should ensure the new version of the notice is displayed at applicable job sites. A copy of the new 2016 Notice can be found here.