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SB 654

(Jackson) Labor & Employment: 4-2-1


co-authors: Atkins, Bonilla, Burke, Campos, C. Garcia, Gonzalez, Hancock, Leyva, Lopez, Wolk


Although California is one of the few states to provide partial paid parental leave, we are still far behind developed nations throughout the world in terms of allowing new parents paid, relaxing time to spend with their newborn children. SB 654 and SB 1166 aimed to extend these rights in California. SB 1166 would have required employers with at least 10 employees to allow them 12 weeks of parental leave. SB 654 was created after the failure of SB 1166; it increased the employee threshold to 20 and mandated 6 weeks of parental leave, but was ultimately vetoed by Governor Brown.