The San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial - Parental leave proposal: California must expand protections

June 29, 2017

The San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial - Parental leave proposal: California must expand protections

By George Halvarson  June 28, 2017, 4:00 P.M.

Job protections are crucial for helping parents take parental leave. Under current California law, only parents who work for an employer with 50 or more employees are eligible for up to 12 weeks of job-protected parental leave, including protection for their family’s health care coverage. That leaves too many new parents struggling with an impossible choice between the well-being of their new child and their financial security.

One piece of legislation would change this dire reality for up to 2.7 million California workers while only affecting 6 percent of businesses. SB 63 by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, would ensure more California parents who have been paying into the Paid Family Leave program would be able to use this benefit for parental leave without risk of losing their jobs. Specifically, SB 63 would extend basic job protections to new parents in businesses with 20 or more employees.

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