Permiso familiar pagado: qué es, quién puede usarlo y cómo solicitarlo

  ¡Hoy, 1 de julio de 2020, California está extendiendo oficialmente los beneficios de Permiso Familiar Pagado de 6 a 8 semanas! Aunque se están realizando algunas mejoras en las leyes de Permiso Familiar Pagado de California, muchos no conocen estos beneficios o no entienden cómo navegar las leyes complicadas que conforman el Programa de Permiso Familiar Pagado. Continue reading

Paid Family Leave: What It Is, Who Can Use It, and How to Apply

  Today, July 1, 2020, California is officially extending Paid Family Leave benefits from 6 weeks to 8 weeks! Although some improvements are being made to California’s Paid Family Leave laws, many aren’t aware of these benefits or don’t understand how to navigate the complex laws that make up the Paid Family Leave Program. Continue reading

Calls to Senators Needed to Help Pass the Paid Family Leave Job Protection Bill (SB 1383)

  SB 1383, the bill we were fighting for last week, would have provided unpaid job protection for parents who are dealing with a school or child care closure due to a federal, state, or locally declared emergency.  Unfortunately, California legislators decided to "gut and amend" SB 1383. In other words, these protections we were fighting for no longer exist. Now, SB 1383 has been amended to include different protections that we are now rallying support behind. The new version of SB 1383 includes job protection for those who take Paid Family Leave.  Continue reading

AB 3216 (Kalra) - A Bill Extending Job Protection and Paid Sick Days to Workers in Health Emergencies Passes the State Assembly

Assemblymember Ash Kalra on the Assembly Floor in the Capitol. June 18, 2020. Oakland, CA—The California Work & Family Coalition commends the California Assembly for passing AB 3216 (Kalra). We are celebrating this win which brings workers closer to having the protections they need to get through this pandemic and future public health emergencies. Continue reading

How You (Yes, You) Can Help Dismantle Systemic Racism

  The hashtags are trending, the memes are flying, and people are getting into fierce comment wars on social media about racism. As a black person myself, I am overwhelmed by all of this but also grateful to be witnessing this long overdue shift in our country. Continue reading

Lack of Job Protection and Paid Sick Days is a Health Issue, According to Two Physicians

As primary care providers in the safety net, we frequently witness patients making difficult decisions in balancing their health needs with economic survival in an unforgiving environment. Insufficient job protections and a lack of paid sick days are an often under-recognized factor that adversely affect the health of many of our patients. Continue reading

Black Lives Matter

We are mourning the loss of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and the countless Black people whose lives have been mercilessly taken by racist police and vigilantes. All of us are living in a world that is sitting on top of centuries of slavery. The Civil Rights movement may have been dismissed by many when Dr. Martin Luther King Junior was assassinated in 1968, but we know now, without a shadow of a doubt, that racism is nowhere near eradicated in our country. Continue reading

How to apply for Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants in California

Migrant workers clean fields near Salinas, California, on March 30.   Governor Gavin Newsom and other private entities have funded a disaster relief assistance program for undocumented workers. This article will answer common questions to help you understand how to try to access these funds. This article is being shared from the Employee Rights Center. The information in this article is provided by The California Department of Social Services.   Continue reading

Assembly Bill 3216: Responding to the Needs of Workers During the COVID-19 Crisis

Assemblymember Ash Kalra, Congressman Ro Khanna and California Nurses Association Board Member Jennifer Holm discuss "Medicare For All" in this file photo. Photo by Nadia Lopez.   Many of our civic leaders are talking about staying home to slow the spread of the deadly coronavirus, and yet, three months into the government-mandated stay-at-home order there are still no state-wide policies in California that make it possible for people to stay home for the duration recommended by the Center for Disease Control (14 days if exposed) without losing their income and their job. This could change if AB 3216, a new bill authored by Assemblymember Ash Kalra and Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez, is passed. This bill is the response we need to protect workers’ income and jobs regardless or where they work or what zip code they live in. So, what exactly would AB 3216 do for California workers if passed?   Continue reading

California Breastfeeding Coalition and the Coalition Team Up for a Capitol Advocacy Day

On January 23rd, 2020 breastfeeding advocates from the California Breastfeeding Coalition partnered with the California Work & Family Coalition for an Advocacy Day. More than 60 breastfeeding advocates visited 55 different State Assemblymembers and State Senators to educate them about the importance of job-protected paid family leave. Participants shared powerful stories with the legislators about the connection between job-protected paid family leave and breastfeeding outcomes. Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson addressed Advocacy Day Participants and spoke about the need for job-protected paid family leave for all Californians. Continue reading