Governor Signs Jackson Bill for Parental Leave

Subsidies for Diapers, Expanded Family Leave and Free Tampons in Schools Coming to California After Gov. Brown Signs Bills

Subsidies for Diapers, Expanded Family Leave and Free Tampons in Schools Coming to California After Gov. Brown Signs Bills

California will extend workplace protections to 2.7 million more people, who now will be able to take 12 weeks of parental leave without fear of losing their job.

The nine bills signed by Brown on Thursday outside of a resource center for homeless and low-income women are aimed at improving the lives of California women and families and are backed by the 26-member legislative Women's Caucus.

The new law will take effect on January 1, 2018.

The state now requires companies with 50 or more employees to give their workers 12 weeks of unpaid leave to care for a newborn or newly adopted child. "No one should have to choose between caring for their newborn and keeping their job", she said. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, allows new mothers and fathers working for smaller businesses to receive 12 weeks of job-protected parental leave.

It had the support of dozens of early-education groups, work and family organizations, health organizations, labor and other advocacy groups who understood the value of family leave for promoting the health and well-being of parents, workers, children and families, Jackson's office reports. The workers already pay into the state's family leave program, but often have a hard time accessing it because they feared losing their jobs if they took the time off.

A number of the measures previously had been vetoed by the governor, such as the family leave bill by Sen.