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AB-406 Disability compensation: paid family leave: application in non-English languages.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 03/26/2019 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  March 26, 2019

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 406


Introduced by Assembly Members Limón and Gonzalez
(Principal coauthor: Senator Jackson)

February 07, 2019


An act relating to paid family leave. An act to add Section 3308 to the Unemployment Insurance Code, relating to disability compensation.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 406, as amended, Limón. Paid family leave. Disability compensation: paid family leave: application in non-English languages.
The Dymally-Alatorre Bilingual Services Act requires a state agency that finds specific factors to exist to distribute certain written materials in the appropriate non-English language through its statewide and local offices or facilities to non-English-speaking persons, or, as an alternative, to furnish translation aids, translation guides, or provide assistance, through use of a qualified bilingual person, at its statewide and local offices or facilities in completing English forms or questionnaires and in understanding English forms, letters, or notices.
Existing law establishes, within the state disability insurance program administered by the Employment Development Department, a family temporary disability insurance program, also known as the paid family leave program, for the provision of wage replacement benefits to workers who take time off work to care for a seriously ill family member or to bond with a minor child within one year of birth or placement, as specified.
This bill would require the department to distribute the application for family temporary disability insurance benefits, in addition to the application in English, in all non-English languages spoken by a substantial number of non-English-speaking applicants.

Existing law provides family temporary disability insurance benefits to workers to care for their family members, and is known as Paid Family Leave.

This bill would declare the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would ensure that paid family leave forms are language-accessible to all families in the state.

Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NOYES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 3308 is added to the Unemployment Insurance Code, to read:

3308.
 In addition to English, the department shall distribute the application for family temporary disability insurance benefits in all non-English languages spoken by a substantial number of non-English-speaking applicants.

SECTION 1.

It is the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would ensure that paid family leave forms are language-accessible to all families in the state.