Governor Signs Jackson Bill for Parental Leave

Rodiano Bonacci
Ottobre 13, 2017

California women will have more tools to fight pay discrimination, more resources to buy diapers and pay for childcare, and more opportunities for parental leave under bills signed Thursday by Gov.

SB63 by state Sen.

At a public signing ceremony at a Sacramento nonprofit aimed at helping homeless women, Brown touted the new laws as "California showing the way".

One bill requires small businesses employing between 20 and 49 people to offer 12 weeks of unpaid maternity and paternity leave to employees, giving new parents assurance they can stay home with their children without being fired. Currently, only those who work for employers with 50 or more employees receive 12 weeks of leave.

It comes as momentum is growing in California and nationwide for stronger family leave policies in both the public and private sectors.

It had the support of dozens of early-education groups, work and family organizations, health organizations, labor and other advocacy groups who understood the value of family leave for promoting the health and well-being of parents, workers, children and families, Jackson's office reports.

The bill does not require parental leave to be paid. SB 63 will expand that protection to workers at companies with at least 20 employees.

A similar bill previous year, SB 654, passed with bipartisan support but was vetoed by the governor, who expressed concerns about litigation.

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