A San Francisco restaurant will spend about $320,000 to settle a complaint from city officials that it did not comply with San Francisco's 2006 law that requires employers to spend a minimum amount of money on employees' healthcare coverage.
That requirement can be satisfied in several ways, including payment of health insurance premiums or contributions to health reimbursement arrangements, health savings accounts, flexible spending accounts or a city fund. Most San Francisco employers satisfy the spending requirement — which in 2013, is $2.33 per hour per covered employee for employers with at least 100 employees and $1.55 per hour for employers with between 20 and 99 employees — through the payment of health insurance premiums.
However, city investigators found that while Patxi's Chicago Pizza, whose parent company is Layers L.L.C. of San Francisco, imposed a 4% surcharge on customers to cover the health care spending requirement, most of the money was used for other purposes.