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.
California Democrats and progressive groups hoping that strong state budget revenues would help them make the case for new spending will likely be disappointed by April income tax collections.
Bills that would deal with pay gaps between companies' CEOs and workers, and create four-year community college degrees moved forward in the legislature Thursday, while a measure would requiring kill switches on smart phones and tablets stalled.
Nurses across the state are calling for greater protections from violent patients. Lawmakers will vote on a bill today that would require hospitals to do more to prevent violence at their facilities.
California employees owed back wages would be able to place a lien on their former employer’s property under a bill that cleared the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee Wednesday.
Four candidates for California’s Secretary of State covered issues from vote by mail elections to business licenses in a debate today. And they didn’t disagree on much.