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

The 26-member legislative Women's Caucus championed the nine bills aimed at improving the lives of California women and families, with several focusing on victims of domestic violence.

Governor Jerry Brown on Thursday signed legislation that expands job-protected maternity and paternity leave to more Californians.

SB63 by state Sen.

"The actions today will have a real difference on women, children and families", Brown said in a press conference attended by some of the Capitol's most influential women.

Companies with 50 or more employees are already required to provide 12 weeks of 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.

In response to these concerns, SB 63 includes a two-year pilot program within the Department of Fair Employment and Housing to allow employers and employees to mediate disputes under this new parental leave program prior to the filing of litigation. Brown vetoed a similar measure by Jackson a year ago.

"We know that when a mother spends those critical first 12 weeks with their newborns, it reduces postpartum depression by a third", Jackson said.

"I've heard from young girls across the state who miss school on a regular basis because they can't afford these products", Garcia said.

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