WSET: California legislation could make it the first state to offer parents 6 months paid leave

January 28, 2019

by Elizabeth Tyree    Wednesday, January 23rd 2019

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (WSET) -- California lawmakers have introduced new legislation that would make it the first state to offer parents six months of paid leave.

Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson introduced SB 135 to strengthen California's family leave laws and to create more equitable access to California’s family leave programs.

In the bill Sen. Jackson writes that research shows that access to leave leads to improved health outcomes for parents, infants, and families and longer maternity leave is associated with decreased maternal depression and improved infant childhood cognitive development.

Paid leave is also associated with healthier children, and increased immunizations and preventive health services for children, research shows.