Jackson's SB 63, New Parent Leave Act, Passes Off Senate Floor, Heads to Governor's Desk

September 13, 2017

SACRAMENTO - SB 63, a bill authored by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) to provide 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected maternity and paternity leave for Californians who work for smaller employers of 20 or more, passed the Senate floor today with a 25-13 vote.

The bill now heads to the Governor’s desk for his signature.

SB 63, the New Parent Leave Act, ensures that 2.7 million more Californians can take leave to care for a newborn without the fear of losing their jobs. Under current law, only those who work for an employer of 50 or more are eligible for job-protected leave. However, more than 40 percent of California workers risk losing their jobs if they take advantage of California’s Paid Family Leave Program, which they are already paying into, because they work for smaller employers.

“Any parent knows that the birth of a child comes with many challenges. But losing a job should not be among them,” said Jackson. “Ensuring that we have strong maternity and paternity leave policies in place for Californians is an economic issue that affects the health and well-being of millions of California’s children and working families.”

As women are in the workforce in greater numbers than ever before, momentum has grown for stronger family leave policies. SB 63 will provide 12 weeks of job-protected maternity and paternity leave for up to 2.7 million more Californian parents who work for smaller companies with 20-49 employees.

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