Measures seek to expand worker protections & benefits

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, March 29, 2013

CMTA is following three measures that seek to expand worker protections benefits under California law. These bills are reintroductions of unsuccessful efforts from last year that are now being championed by newly-elected State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), who is returning to the Legislature after having termed out of the State Assembly in 2004. CMTA and other business organizations opposed last year’s efforts and are poised to do the same this year if the bills remain in their current form. The bill numbers and summaries are listed below.

SB 400(Jackson) Discrimination – Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault or Stalking

This bill would extend protective leave status to victims of stalking and preclude discrimination based on an employee’s known status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking. This bill is similar to last year’s AB 1740 by Assemblymember V. Manuel Perez (D-Coachella).

SB 404(Jackson) Discrimination – Familial Status Protection

This bill would expand the Fair Employment and Housing Act to include employees who are family caregivers, defined as one who provides medical or supervisory care to a family member. The definition of a family member includes a parent, spouse, domestic partner, in-law, sibling, grandparent or grandchild. This bill is similar to last year’s AB 1999 by then-Assemblymember Julie Brownley (D-Santa Monica), who is now serving in the U.S. Congress.

SB 770(Jackson/DeSaulnier) Paid Family Leave Expansion

This bill would expand the scope of the Paid Family Leave program to include time off for the care of a seriously ill grandparent, grandchild, sibling, and parent-in-law. This bill is similar to last year’s AB 2039 by then-Assemblymember Sandre Swanson (D-Oakland), who termed out of the Assembly last year.

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