2019 is going to be HUGE! Our March Newsletter

Happy March!

It’s already shaping up to be a huge year for local, state, and national work on Paid Family Leave.

In January, Governor Gavin Newsom announced he would make enacting six months of paid baby bonding leave for new parents a priority for the state. The Governor’s office will work with a task force on the next steps and Coalition members are looking forward to collaborating and supporting this historic expansion.

Winning Inclusive Paid Family Leave

In addition to supporting the Governor’s expansion of PFL, we’ll be actively supporting bills that will expand access to Paid Family Leave: SB-135 (Jackson) will extend job protection to more family caregivers and new parents when they take paid leave. AB-196 (Gonzalez) will expand wage replacement to 100% for low income workers taking paid leave. AB-406 (Limón) will require that the application for paid leave be printed in Spanish and possibly additional languages (right now there is a Spanish guide, but the actual application is in English) These bills are currently in intent language. We’ll be sending a separate update with a call to action and more details later in March.

Los Angeles Council Members Propose Fully-Paid Leave

Staff from Councilmember Nury Martinez and Councilmember Ryu’s offices met with Coalition members at the Los Angeles Regional Meeting on February 21, at UFCW 770 to give input to their proposal for fully paid family leave for the city of Los Angeles. (Note: the benefit is not for residents, but for anyone who works in LA and pays into SDI) The proposal would require employers to "top off" PFL benefits in order to provide fully paid leave to LA workers.  There will be a first reading at City Hall on March 19th. This is exciting news, and LA Coalition members are in the process of figuring out if this expansion push will include caregivers as well. We hope to work together with our SF/Berkeley members, Legal Aid at Work, and incorporate what they learned from implementing those ordinances.

Marcella Cortez, District Director for Congressman Jimmy Gomez’s office, also joined the meeting in support of the Coalition. A champion of Paid Family Leave and friend of the Coalition, Gomez authored AB 908 and successfully increased the PFL wage replacement rate from 55% to 60% or 70% as a member of the California Assembly.  Now, as a Member of Congress he will continue the fight for a national paid leave policy through his support of the FAMILY Act. The Coalition looks forward to working with Gomez’s office on these issues, and conducting outreach and education on these important strides in PFL.

Fighting for AB 5 - Upholding Dynamex

Coalition staff and partners met with legislators in support of AB 5 (Gonzalez) which would clarify and codify the Dynamex decision which calls for a simple test to ensure that workers are not misclassified as 1099 contractors. These workers are being deprived of access to fair wages, paid sick days, Paid Family Leave, and disability insurance.  

Register Today: Los Angeles Family Leave Laws Training

You are invited to attend a Spanish/English Family Leave Laws training on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at the offices of the National Council of Jewish Women, Los Angeles. Register here.

This interactive training will equip health care workers, home visitors, child care providers, advocates, and organizers who serve low income and new immigrant communities with basic information on Paid Family Leave, paid sick days, and the patchwork of laws and benefits that support the health and well-being of parents, caregivers, their families, and loved ones. Continuing Education Credits for RNs, healthcare workers, and lactation support are available at no extra cost. Contact BFLA for more information on the program and credits:

This program is sponsored by First Five LA, First Five California, the National Council of Jewish Women/LA and hosted by the California Work & Family Coalition and BreastfeedLA.

Welcome Toni!

This month we welcomed Toni Gomez to the Work & Family Coalition team. Toni will be serving as our Digital Director & Campaign Manager. Toni is a proud Mills College graduate with a Masters degree in Public Policy. From 2013-2014 she had the honor of working for Senator Carol Liu (ret.) as a Senate Fellow, where she staffed the Senate Select Committee on Aging and Long Term Care. Working with aging advocates sparked a passion for ensuring that all Californians have the services and supports they need to care for each other, and age with dignity. Since then, Gomez has worked on a variety of policy and candidate campaigns, organizing students and communities across California to grow collective strategy and community power. Toni is looking forward to working with you to build up the coalition’s strategic communications, legislative work, and amplifying the work of all of our incredible member organizations and celebrating, supporting, and collaborating with all.

Toni can be reached at toni@workfamilyca.org

Coalition Partners Lead Fresno Paid Leave Workshop

Alejandra Aguilar, California Partnership to End Domestic Violence and Coalition Director, Jenya Cassidy led a paid leave workshop as part of the Parent Voices “Knowledge is Power” convening in Fresno where they got to talk to and hear from farmworkers, child care providers, and retail and restaurant workers about the importance of taking paid leave and also the barriers many face when taking time to bond or care for family. We’ll be partnering with our allies in child care and making the connection between paid leave, child care, and economic security for California families.

Upcoming Events


19th - LA Family Paid Leave Hearing


11th - LA Training with Breastfeed LA

TBD: Zero Weeks Screening at UC Irvine with Breastfeed LA


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Looking forward to collaborating and coalition building in 2019!

Jenya Cassidy

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