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To: California Legislature and California Governor Brown
Expand Paternity and Maternity Leave Rights in California
Call on the California State Legislature and Governor Brown to pass SB 1166 (Jackson) to guarantee job-protection for working mothers and fathers in California who take leave to bond with a new child.
Why is this important?
Under current law, only parents who work for large employers (50 or more employees) have the right to take up to three months of job-protected parental leave under the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) and the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). This means over 40% of the workforce lacks job protection and employers can terminate or retaliate against these workers for taking time off to bond with a new child.
Studies show that parental bonding is key to the health, social and emotional development of a new child. Parental bonding is equally important for birth, adoptive, or foster families. We believe that it should be a right for all new parents and their families.
SB 1166 would dramatically improve access to bonding leave by providing up to 12 weeks of job-protected leave for parents who work for companies with 10 or more employees. This will ensure that more California workers who have been paying into the Paid Family Leave insurance program are able to use this benefit for parental leave without risk of losing their job.