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  • Bill Adds Small Business to CFRA

    In this episode of The Workplace podcast, CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank, and CalChamber Policy Advocate Ashley Hoffman discuss SB 1383, a CalChamber job killer bill that is awaiting action by the Governor. The bill requires that employers with five or more employees provide up to 12 weeks of protected mandatory family leave to eligible employees.

    If Governor Gavin Newsom signs SB 1383, the bill would take effect on January 1, 2021. The Governor has until September 30 to sign or veto SB1338.

    Significantly Expands California Family Rights Act

    SB 1383 (Jackson; D-Santa Barbara) expands the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) to include employers with only five employees. As the law currently stands, Hoffman explains, CFRA applies only to employers with 50 or more workers. Employees would be eligible for the leave provided under SB 1383 once they have worked for an employer for at least 12 months and completed 1,250 hours of service at a worksite.

    Similar to the federal Family and Medical Leave Act law (FMLA), the leave created under this bill would allow an employee to take leave to care for themselves or for a family member. The bill also expands the category of “family member,” so an employee would be able to take leave to care for grandparents, grandchildren, siblings, and parents in law, for example, she says.  Read More