The Orange County Register: Is it fair that the amount of bonding time you get with your baby hinges on the size of your employer?

August 18, 2017

Is it fair that the amount of bonding time you get with your baby hinges on the size of your employer?

By Margot Roosevelt | mroosevelt@scng.com | Orange County Register

PUBLISHED: August 18, 2017 at 6:00 am | UPDATED: August 21, 2017 at 10:53 am

“Family lives have changed dramatically in recent decades but our policies have remained frozen in a Leave-it-to-Beaver 1950s world which no longer exists,” said Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), author of the bill.

“Approximately 71 percent women with children are in the workforce. But if you are a mother or father working for an employer of 49 or less, you can literally be fired for taking even a single day off to bond with a newborn.”

The U.S. is the only developed nation with no mandated paid parental leave. It wasn’t until 1993 that federal law granted workers up to 12 weeks of job-protected unpaid bonding leave—but only at companies with 50 or more employees. Jackson’s bill would expand those benefits to another 16 percent of the workforce and an additional 6 percent of employers. As a result, about 2.7 million Californians, including families with newly adopted and fostered children, would gain the right to job protection for 12 weeks of baby bonding leave.

Read more here: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/08/18/how-much-bonding-time-you-get-with-your-baby-is-determined-by-how-many-co-workers-you-have-is-that-fair/