Under the bill, employees who work 90 days in a year would earn at least three sick days. Democratic Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez says AB 1522 would insure people do not feel a financial obligation to work when they’re sick.
“It’s not good for them. It’s not good for our community. It’s not good for public health,” says Gonzalez. “So what we want to do is to be able to extend that opportunity to every worker -- the right to take a day off to go see a doctor.”
The state of Connecticut and several major cities including San Francisco have adopted similar laws.
Previous attempts to pass a state-wide measure in California have failed. Some employer groups oppose it, saying it would burden small businesses.
Backers say the bill would help business because healthy workers are more productive. The measure is now in the Assembly Judiciary Committee.
The California Legislature is expected to adjourn its two-year session just past midnight Friday. It's an early end to what has so far been a surprisingly calm final week.
California's Senate passed a bill that would require public institutions of higher education to adopt procedures to prevent campus sexual assault and domestic violence, and to assist victims.
A bill that would require toy guns to be painted with markings to show they are fake has passed the state legislature.
The California Legislature’s “gut-and-amend” process is highly criticized, but lawmakers defend it as necessary.
Sources tell Capital Public Radio that a deal has been reached for legislation that would tighten regulations for ride-sharing companies.