LAS-ELC’s Julia Parish Joins Officials in Calling for Family Friendly Workplace Policies at DOL Regional Forum

LAS-ELC’s Julia Parish Joins Officials in Calling for Family Friendly Workplace Policies at DOL Regional Forum
May 27, 2014

At the U.S Department of Labor Regional Forum on Working Families in San Francisco, LAS-ELC attorney Julia Parish addressed the future of work family policy, touching upon the Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance, paid family leave and new workplace protections that come with SB 770.

Julia was joined by other advocates, academics and elected officials who are committed to enacting policies that work for families. This regional forum is part of a series of events that will lead up to the June 23 White House Summit on Working Families in D.C., which Julia will also attend.

SB 770 - which LAS-ELC sponsored and which expands the definition of family member under California’s Paid Family Leave Law was signed by Governor Brown last September and will take effect on July 1, 2014.

Before SB 770, workers were only allowed to take paid time off to care for parents, spouses, children and registered domestic partners. Thanks to passage of the bill, workers can now care for seriously ill grandparents, grandchildren, siblings and in-laws for up to six weeks with partial wage replacement.

“It was insufficient, because families don’t work like that,” said Julia at the forum. “Families are diverse, and California has the second highest percentage of multigenerational families in the country. For too many workers, leave without pay is not a practical possibility, particularly for low-wage workers. It is too difficult for workers to sacrifice their incomes in order to care for their families.”

The event also had the participation of the U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, and Representatives Jackie Speier, Mike Honda and Jared Huffman, along with other speakers that addressed issues facing today’s working families.