California Considers 12 Week Leave For Small Business Employees (September 16, 2017)

By: Annie Pilon, Small Business Trends

California is currently considering a bill that would require some small businesses to offer 12 weeks of maternity and paternity leave for employees.

The New Parent Leave Act would apply to small businesses that have 20 employees or more. If passed into law, it would require those employers to provide 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave for new parents. Currently, this requirement only applies to businesses with 50 employees or more.

The bill has already passed in the Senate and is currently waiting for the Governor’s signature. Governor Jerry Brown has until October 15 to sign or veto the bill. Brown had vetoed a similar bill in the past, but has since worked with lawmakers to make changes to limit potential harm to small businesses.