DeSaulnier Bill to Protect Workers’ Rights to Paid Family Leave Passes Committee

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Mark DeSaulnier

SB 761, authored by Senator Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) passed the Senate Judiciary Committee today. The bill will protect the right of workers to use California’s Paid Family Leave program.

“We cannot allow our state’s workers to live in fear of utilizing the California Paid Family Leave program,” Senator DeSaulnier said. “Many Californians need time to bond with a newborn or newly adopted child, or care for a seriously ill family member. Our workers have already paid for this program—they have the right to Paid Family Leave and should not have to face retaliation for using the program.”

SB 761 prohibits an employer from discharging or discriminating against an individual because he or she has applied for, used, or indicated an intent to apply for Paid Family Leave insurance benefits. This bill will protect workers who choose to use their Paid Family Leave benefits from being fired, demoted or having their pay docked.

Workers who contribute to the Paid Family Leave program may receive six weeks of partial pay each year while taking time off from work. The Paid Family Leave program is administered by the California Employment Development Department (EDD), not the employer, and is entirely funded by worker contributions.

Website of Senator Mark DeSaulnier: http://www.sd07.senate.ca.gov/