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SB-654 Unlawful employment practice: parental leave.(2015-2016)

Senate:
Int
1st
Cmt
2nd
3rd
Pass
Pass
Veto
Assembly:
1st
Cmt
2nd
3rd
Cmt
2nd
3rd
Pass
Bill Status
SB-654
Jackson (S)
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Atkins (A) , Bonilla (A) , Burke (A) , Campos (A) , Cristina Garcia (A) , Gonzalez (A) , Hancock (S) , Leyva (S) , Lopez (A) , Wolk (S)
Unlawful employment practice: parental leave.
04/01/15
An act to add Section 12945.6 to the Government Code, relating to employment.
Senate
09/06/16
08/18/16

Type of Measure
Active Bill - In Floor Process
Majority Vote Required
Non-Appropriation
Fiscal Committee
Non-State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Urgency
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
11/30/16 Last day to consider Governor’s veto pursuant to Joint Rule 58.5.
09/30/16 In Senate. Consideration of Governor's veto pending.
09/30/16 Vetoed by the Governor.
09/09/16 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3:30 p.m.
08/31/16 Assembly amendments concurred in. (Ayes 24. Noes 12. Page 5556.) Ordered to engrossing and enrolling.
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Senate:

I am returning Senate Bill 654 without my signature.

This bill establishes an unpaid, job protected parental leave requirement that applies to businesses with 20 or more employees and allows workers to take up to 6 weeks of parental leave to bond with a new child.

It goes without saying that allowing new parents to bond with a child is very important and the state has a number of paid and unpaid benefit programs to provide for that leave. I am concerned, however, about the impact of this leave particularly on small businesses and the potential liability that could result. As I understand, an amendment was offered that would allow an employee and employer to pursue mediation prior to a lawsuit being brought. I believe this is a viable option that should be explored by the author.

Sincerely,



Edmund G. Brown Jr.