Millions of small business employees in California to qualify for family leave
October 12, 2017
• Governor signs bill opening unpaid family leave to nearly 3 Million workers
• “This is a great victory for working parents and children in California”
California small businesses that employ between 20 and 49 people will have to offer unpaid family leave of up to 12 weeks per employee under a law signed by Gov. Edmund Gerald Brown Jr. on Thursday.
It applies to about 2.8 million workers in California. Those taking the leave cannot be fired.
“This is a great victory for working parents and children in California,” says the author of the legislation state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara. “With more women in the workforce, and more parents struggling to balance work and family responsibilities, our policies must catch up to the realities of our economy and the daily lives of working families. No one should have to choose between caring for their newborn and keeping their job.”
The new law takes effect January 1, 2018.
“Today's actions will make a positive difference for women, children and families across the state,” says Mr. Brown.
Since 1993, workers at larger businesses -- those with at least 50 employees -- have had similar unpaid family leave protections under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act.