Three Bills Sponsored by LAS-ELC Pass Out of Committee

Three Bills Sponsored by LAS-ELC Pass Out of Committee
April 29, 2013
Julia Parish, LAS-ELC Project Attorney

LAS-ELC is the organizational sponsor of three bills this legislative session that would enhance protections for workers in California.  LAS-ELC attorneys testified in Sacramento in support of the bills, all of which passed out of committee last week – an important step toward protecting vulnerable workers in California.        

SB 400 (Jackson), cosponsored by the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence and the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault, prohibits employment discrimination against survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking, and requires employers to provide reasonable safety accommodations to survivors. 

SB 761 (DeSaulnier) prohibits retaliation against workers who access California’s Paid Family Leave program – a fund that workers pay for entirely out of their own paychecks.

SB 770 (Jackson) allows workers to use Paid Family Leave benefits to care for seriously ill grandparents, parents-in-law, siblings and grandchildren.

“Every day we hear from low wage workers with critical needs that current law does not address.” said Julia Parish, LAS-ELC Project Attorney.  “Some struggle to keep their jobs while caring for family members, while others are dealing with the employment-related effects of domestic violence or sexual assault.  Worker protections must be strengthened in these areas.  We hope we can help do that by bringing our clients’ stories to Sacramento.”