Governor Brown Extends Family Leave Rights In California.
On October 12, 2017, Governor Brown signed SB63 extending employee rights under the Moore-Brown-Roberti Family Rights Act.
Some highlights of the new law:
Eligibility for Leave
This bill prohibits an employer, as defined, from refusing to allow an employee with more than 12 months of service with the employer, who has at least 1,250 hours of service with the employer during the previous 12-month period, and who works at a worksite in which the employer employs at least 20 employees within 75 miles, to take up to 12 weeks of parental leave to bond with a new child within one year of the child’s birth, adoption, or foster care placement.
Medical Insurance Coverage
The bill would also prohibit an employer from refusing to maintain and pay for coverage under a group health plan for an employee who takes this leave.
Simultaneous Leave for Both Parents
The bill would authorize the employer to grant simultaneous leave to these parents.
This bill would also prohibit an employer from refusing to hire, or from discharging, fining, suspending, expelling, or discriminating against, an individual for exercising the right to parental leave provided by this bill or giving information or testimony as to his or her own parental leave, or another person’s parental leave, in an inquiry or proceeding related to rights guaranteed under this bill.
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