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AB-2340 Employee’s right to bereavement leave.(2009-2010)

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Assembly:
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Bill Status
AB-2340
Monning (A)
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Employee’s right to bereavement leave.
03/23/10
An act to add Section 230.5 to the Labor Code, relating to employee rights.
Assembly
08/30/10
07/15/10

Type of Measure
Inactive Bill - Vetoed
Majority Vote Required
Non-Appropriation
Fiscal Committee
Non-State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Urgency
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
09/25/10 Vetoed by Governor.
09/02/10 Enrolled and to the Governor at 3:45 p.m.
08/23/10 Senate amendments concurred in. To enrollment. (Ayes 47. Noes 28. Page 6531.)
08/23/10 Assembly Rule 77 suspended. (Page 6463.)
08/20/10 In Assembly. Concurrence in Senate amendments pending. May be considered on or after August 24 pursuant to Assembly Rule 77.
Governor's Veto Message










To Members of the California State Assembly:

I am returning Assembly Bill 2340 without my signature.

This bill would prohibit an employer from discharging, disciplining, or in any way discriminating against an employee for inquiring about, requesting, or taking up to three days of unpaid bereavement leave upon the death of a spouse, child, parent, sibling, grandparent, grandchild, or domestic partner. The bill would allow an employee who believes he or she has been discharged, disciplined, or discriminated against to file a complaint with the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement or bring a civil action in court.

This bill is nearly identical to Senate Bill 549 (Corbett, 2007), which I vetoed. While well-intended, the choice of whether or not to offer unpaid bereavement leave should be left to the employer. Further, this bill would impose new and somewhat ambiguous burdens on businesses as well as subjecting them to new threats of litigation over California-specific employment laws. During this challenging economic period, I am unwilling to add new burdens on them and subject them to new grounds for lawsuits.

For these reasons. I am returning this bill without my signature.

Sincerely,



Arnold Schwarzenegger