Controversy over bill protecting workers who use Paid Family Leave Insurance

Allows paid time off to bond with newborn

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California businesses would be prohibited from firing or retaliating against employees who take advantage of a paid state family leave program under a job-protection bill moving through the Legislature.

Democratic Sen. Mark DeSaulnier of Concord says his SB761 would protect workers who use the California Paid Family Leave insurance program.

It allows qualified employees to take up to six weeks off with partial pay to bond with a newborn or newly adopted child, or to care for a seriously ill family member. It is funded through State Disability Insurance payroll deductions.

The bill is being opposed by employer groups.

They say it would transform a program meant to replace lost wages into a protected leave of absence. Such a move could increase costs to all employers, especially small businesses.

 

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