Required and Optional Benefits

You are legally required to participate in certain insurance programs, such as State Disability Insurance (SDI) and Unemployment Insurance (UI), which provide benefits to employees under very specific circumstances. Additional employee benefits may be required, depending on the size of your company.​

Many other types of benefits are optional, but including them in your benefits package can help you attract and retain highly qualified employees.

There are some benefits that you must provide to your employees, and many more that you can offer at your discretion.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

  • Required Benefits

    Required BenefitsFederal and California laws require that you provide certain benefits to your employees. Not every employer is required to provide all of these benefits - some are only required for companies over a certain size.  More »

  • San Francisco Bay Area Commuter Benefits

    San Francisco Bay Area Commuter BenefitsSan Francisco employers with 20 or more employees are required to provide commuter benefits to employees who work at least 10 hours per workweek within the geographic boundaries of San Francisco.  More »

  • San Francisco Health Care Security Ordinance

    San Francisco Health Care Security OrdinanceThe Health Care Security Ordinance (HCSO) requires covered employers to make health care expenditures for their covered employees and mandates the Department of Public Health (DPH) to create the Health Access Plan (HAP), now called Healthy San Francisco.  More »

    Read about a 2015 local ordinance.
  • Optional Benefits

    Optional BenefitsOther benefits are optional. However, if you do offer them, California and federal laws regulate how you apply and provide them.​  More »