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  • Expansion of Family Rights Act to Small Employers Signed into Law

    California Family Rights Act to employers with 5 or more employees has been signed into law and will go into effect on January 1, 2021.

    SB 1383 (Jackson; D-Santa Barbara) will require employers with 5 or more employees to provide up to 12 weeks of protected leave to qualified employees. It was one of two California Chamber of Commerce-opposed job killer bills to pass the Legislature this year.

    Governor Gavin Newsom vetoed the other job killer, AB 3216 (Kalra; D-San Jose), the “right to recall” mandate.

    In a news release following the signing of SB 1383 on September 17, the CalChamber stated: “While we are disappointed that Governor Newsom signed SB 1383 and added a new burden to small employers at this time, CalChamber is urging small business owners to become familiar with the new requirements of this law as any mistake could result in a lawsuit.”

    “Small businesses who employ 5 to 49 employees should pay close attention to what is now required of them when it comes to this new law and its expansion of California’s mandated protected leave programs,” said CalChamber President and CEO Allan Zaremberg.  Read More