The silicon valley organization, in partnership with the Silicon Valley Council of Non-Profits (SVCN) and the City of San Jose, held an information information session on the implementation of the Opportunity to Work Initiative March 7.

As you may recall, Opportunity to Work was passed in November, 2016 by the voters of San Jose, over the objections of The silicon valley organization and other pro-business organizations. Since that time, we have taken an active role, in partnership with the City, to see that its implementation is as smooth as possible for our members.

The City of San Jose created these FAQs, with input from our members and the greater business community, along with the following guidance businesses can use when ensuring they are compliant with this new ordinance.

For additional resources, click here.

Steps Employers Can Take to be Compliant with City of San Jose’s Opportunity to Work Ordinance


Employer identifies need for additional hours of work to be performed. Prior to hiring new Employee(s) including subcontractors or the use of temporary staffing services, Employer to determine:

ÔÇß Number of additional work hours needed to be performed and skills and experience needed to perform the additional work hours

 Reviews list of existing part-time Employees and determines which Employee(s) are, in the Employer’s good faith and reasonable judgment, have the skills and experience to perform the work

 If Employee(s), in the Employer’s good faith and reasonable judgment, do not have the skills and experience to perform the additional hours of work, Employer to document


Employer to determine how best to communicate offer of additional hours, timeline and process for response to qualified existing part-time Employees. Communication may include, but is not limited to the following methods:

ÔÇß Post additional hours in a conspicuous place at worksite where any Employee can see. Employer to post additional hours in any languages spoken by at least five (5) percent of the Employees at the workplace. Post to include timeline for Employee(s) to respond to additional hours; ÔÇß Email offer of additional hours;

ÔÇß Individually meet with Employee(s) and offer additional hours; and/or

ÔÇß Have part-time Employees indicate their interest or lack of interest in additional hours Employer shall document and retain process and records of offering additional hours to qualified existing part-time Employee(s).


Based on Employee response(s) to offer of additional hours, Employer to determine how best to disperse additional hours to qualified existing part-time Employees. If not all additional hours can be dispersed to qualified existing part-time Employee(s), Employer may hire a new Employee(s).

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