New parents shouldn’t have to choose between the health of their child and keeping their jobs. Right now, too many families in California face that choice.
Under the current law, only those who work for an employer with 50 or more employees are eligible for job-protected family leave. Parents working for smaller companies are at risk of being fired if they take time off to care for a new child. By expanding access to job-protected parental leave, it will allow more families to take advantage of California's paid leave program, putting money back into the pockets of parents and reducing financial stress.
SB 63 would help families by allowing individuals who work for a company with 20 employees or more to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave to care for a new child. Add your name to show your support for SB 63.
In California, working parents of newly born or adopted children who contribute to the Paid Family Leave program qualify for family leave benefits with partial pay (55 percent) for up to six weeks. But many who are eligible don't take advantage of the benefit due to fear of losing their jobs.
Research shows that these first 12 weeks of life are critical to a child’s early brain development, and that parental leave is associated with improved maternal and child health, a longer duration of breastfeeding, and improved mental health in new mothers.
SB 63 would help families by providing three months of job-protected maternity and paternity leave for almost all California employees. This legislation would ensure that millions of 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 jobs.
SB 63 would:
- Allow parents who work for companies with at least 20 employees to take up to 12 weeks of job-protected maternity or paternity leave.
- For six of those weeks, parents could seek compensation from the state’s Paid Family Leave program.