SB 63 (Jackson) Unlawful employment practice: parental leave.

Parental Leave Mandate for Small Business Passes  

 SB 63 (Jackson; D-Santa Barbara) passed the Assembly on September 12 by a vote of 51-15. A day later, the Senate voted 25-13 to concur in Assembly amendments to the bill, sending the bill along to the Governor.

The California Chamber of Commerce and a coalition of business groups and local chambers of commerce have been opposing SB 63 because it unduly burdens and increases costs of small employers with as few as 20 employees by requiring 12 weeks of protected employee leave for child bonding. It also exposes employers to the threat of costly litigation.

The recent amendments do not limit the bill’s cost or employers’ exposure to litigation.

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. vetoed a similar, but narrower, proposal just last year.  Send a veto request to the Governor today.

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