Jackson Highlights New Poll Showing Small Business Support for Job-Protected Family Leave

March 30, 2017

SACRAMENTO – A new opinion poll, released today from Small Business Majority and the Center for American Progress, shows that small business owners strongly support extending job protections for family leave to those who work for smaller employers, among other findings.

According to the poll, a vast majority – 71 percent – support expanding job protection for family and medical leave to businesses with 20 or more employees. 

Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) is the author of Senate Bill 63, the New Parent Leave Act, now moving its way through the California Legislature. The bill would provide job-protected maternity and paternity leave to Californians who work for employers of 20 or more. SB 63 will be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee on April 4. 

“I am very pleased, but not surprised, to see that so many business owners recognize that strong family leave policies benefit everyone and are a win-win. They are good for businesses, good for our economy, good for employees and good for kids,” Jackson said.

The poll surveyed a politically diverse group of owners and operators of small businesses.  Of the 512 small business owners polled, 44% identified as Republican, 32% as Democrats and 16% as independents. A copy of the poll can be found at http://www.smallbusinessmajority.org/

Jackson represents the 19th Senate District, which includes all of Santa Barbara County and western Ventura County.