Bills In California State Legislature Expanding Employee Leave Rights

Assemblymember Sandré Swanson posted an article recently on the California Progress Report discussing a few new bills currently being considered by the state legislature.  These bills should be of particular importance to California employers, as Assemblymember Swanson notes:

My bill, AB 537, will directly impact the ability of family members to care for their loved ones. This bill will add seriously ill "grandparents," "grandchildren," "parents-in-law," "siblings," and “domestic partners” to the list of family members that an employee can take job-protected, unpaid leave to care for under the California Family Rights Act (CFRA). It will also ensure that employees can take leave to care for their seriously ill independent, adult children.
He also mentions related bills making their way through the California legislature:
I am also pleased to be supporting two of Senator Sheila Kuehl’s (D – Santa Monica) bills.

The first bill, SB 727, expands paid family leave to cover the same family ties as my bill, AB 537. SB 836 expands the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) to prohibit discrimination against employees who care for their families by adding “familial status” to the list of prohibited bases for employment discrimination. SB 836 will especially protect mothers from being discriminated against at work. For example, research shows that mothers are often paid less and are less likely to be hired than non-mothers with the same qualifications. The bill also protects fathers and male employees who are often penalized at work when they seek to take an active role in caring for their children or other family members. In addition, SB 836 recognizes the diverse families and family care giving arrangements of California’s workforce. Studies show that families of color are most likely to be caring for elder relatives.
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