July Newsletter

Defending Our Local Laws & Advancing Parental Leave

 

Tell Congress: Hands Off Our Paid Sick Days!

The California Work & Family Coalition is working with our state and national partners to prepare for a Congressional preemption bill that could negatively impact our state and local paid sick days laws. Congresswoman Mimi Walters (CA-45) has been working with corporate and HR groups on national legislation that would create a voluntary threshold for paid sick days or flexible schedules — any employer who meets this federal threshold would NO LONGER HAVE TO COMPLY with state and local paid sick days laws and possibly others as well. This legislation would set a horrible precedent and negatively impact the health and well-being of our families and communities. They will pitch this bill as 'workplace flexibility,' but the employer gets to decide if the time you want would 'unduly disrupt' their business, and would likely have control over other factors as well. 

If you are in Walters' district, please call her office and let her know you are opposed to the preemption of our local paid sick days laws. Click here for talking points and we'll send updates on actions you can take with our local, state, and Congressional paid sick days champions to ask them to oppose this attack on democracy as well.

For more on pre-emption efforts, read this article.

The New Parent Leave Act (SB 63 - Jackson) is Moving Forward!

Since moving off the Senate floor in May, SB 63 (Jackson) has passed out of the Assembly Labor and Assembly Judiciary Committee – the latter with bipartisan support! Coalition members are keeping up the momentum, meeting with and educating Assemblymembers in their district offices about the importance of job-protected leave for new parents. SB 63 is moving forward in the Assembly Appropriations Committee on July 19th.

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Coalition members and allies met with Assemblymember Anna Caballero (fourth from left) on early childhood education and SB 63 in her Salinas office.

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Julia Parish from Legal Aid at Work joined Senator Jackson to testify in support of SB 63 at the Assembly Labor Committee on June 21, 2017.

Equal Rights to Parental Leave: A Strong Start for All Children

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Co-hosted by The California Work & Family Coalition, Legal Aid at Work, the California Endowment, First 5 California, California Newsreel, and the Healthy Mothers Workplace Coalition, this event in Sacramento will highlight current policy gaps impacting parents, infants, and children and the associated health consequences. Following a screening of “Raising of America,” a panel of experts and organizers will discuss strategies that support early childhood development and maternal and infant health. Click here for more information and to RSVP.

Washington State Passes Paid Family Leave!

Great News! Washington State just became the 5th state to pass Paid Family and Medical Leave. Starting in 2020, eligible Washington State workers will be able to take up to 12 weeks of Paid Family Leave for bonding with a new child or to care for a seriously ill family member (note: the leave is also for a worker’s own serious health condition and an eligible worker can take up to 16 weeks of combined family leave and medical leave if they have the need arises). This is the first state to pass paid leave without having an already established state disability fund (CA, NY, RI, NJ already had temporary disability funds before passing PFL). Congratulations to our sister coalition, the Washington Work and Family Coalition. Thanks to their great work, Washington workers and their families will thrive.

Budget Victory for Child Care Programs

On June 27, 2017, Governor Brown signed the FY 17-18 budget bill, which includes $25 million to end the decade old freeze on the state median income (SMI) used to determine income eligibility for subsidized child care and authorizes 12 months of continuous eligibility and stability for families, children, and the providers who care for them. This is a huge victory for families that were being cut off from desperately needed child care subsidies.

“With so much uncertainty at the federal level, expanding and protecting access to child care here at home will help bring much needed stability and security to CA’s working families and the child care providers we depend on.” stated Mary Ignatius, Parent Voices Statewide Organizer and Coalition member.

Congratulations to our Coalition members at Parent Voices and Child Care Law Center who cosponsored AB 2150 and AB 60! Learn more about this budget victory at parentvoices.org.

CA Work & Family Coalition – Paid Internship

We are looking for a part-time advocate who can support our administrative work and help organize public policy work, starting in early August. If you or someone you know is interested, please email a short cover letter and resume to jenya@workfamilyca.org. For more information, visit workfamilyca.org/jobs.

Help Build the Movement for Family-Friendly Workplaces — donate today! Help us build our capacity to change policy, educate, and organize for family-friendly workplaces for all Californians. Donate here: www.workfamilyca.org/donate.

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