A number of labor bills made it out of the Assembly and Senate Appropriations Committees and will now advance to the floors of their respective houses:
- AB 196 by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) would increases the wage replacement rate for paid family leave (PFL) claims to 100% a worker’s highest quarterly earnings in the past 18 months, subject to existing limits on maximum weekly benefit amounts.
- AB 403 by Assemblymember Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) would extend the period for an employee to file a complaint with the labor commissioner to two years, and would also create a new one-sided attorney’s fees provision in the Labor Code’s retaliation provision.
- AB 555 by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) would allow employees to accrue and use no less than 40 hours, or five days, of sick leave by their 200th day of employment.
- AB 628 by Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) would allow an uncapped leave of absence for an employee who is a victim of sexual harassment or a specified family member of a victim, and would create a new broad definition of sexual harassment for this purpose.
- SB 135 by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) would expand existing family leave laws to require employers with 5 or more employees to provide 12 weeks of a protected leave each year and would expand the list of family members for whom an employee can take leave to care for.