San Francisco HCSO Requirement Update

03/31/2014

Employees working in the city and county of San Francisco must comply with the requirements of the San Francisco Health Care Security Ordinance (HCSO) and submit a 2013 Annual Reporting Form (ARF) by April 30, 2014.

The HCSO requires employers to spend a minimum amount of money each quarter on their covered employees’ health care. To avoid penalties of $500 per quarter, “covered employers” must submit the ARF by April 30, 2014.

  • You are NOT a “covered employer” under the HCSO and should NOT submit the 2013 ARF if:
    1. You employed fewer than 20 persons – including those employed outside of San Francisco – in each of the four calendar quarters of 2013 or
    2. If you did not have any employees in San Francisco in 2013.
  • Please read the for instructions for completing the 2013 HCSO Annual Report Form before you fill out and submit the on-line form: http://sfgsa.org/index.aspx?page=6002
  • For the 2013 Form: https://etaxstatement.sfgov.org/OLSE/

Also, remember that the San Francisco Commuter Benefits Ordinance requires businesses with locations in San Francisco and 20 or more employees nationwide to offer commuter benefits to employees.