San Francisco HCSO Requirement Update


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:
  • For the 2013 Form:

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.