Also coming a bit later next month – July 13, 2022 effective date – are new amendments passed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors recently that imposes additional requirements on employers in the City by the Bay. The Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance (FFWO) gave employees the right to request “flexible or predictable work arrangements” to assist with caregiving responsibilities, while the amended ordinance makes it easier for employees to modify schedule arrangement and enlarges the scope of an employer’s obligation. Under the amendment, covered employees have a right to a modified agreement without having to submit a “request”. Rather, they need only submit a notice to the employer, in response to which the employer must meet within 14 days with the employee or respond within 21 days of receipt of the notice. The employer can agree with the employee’s proposal, disagree with it but then “engage in an interactive process” to find an acceptable agreement, or deny the employee’s notice. If denied, the employer must explain why in writing and detail the “identifiable costs directly caused by the proposed arrangement”. The employee, of course, retains rights to request reconsideration and ultimately complain to the San Francisco Office of Labor Standards Enforcement (OSLE).