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Vote to Expand Paid Family Leave Protection Good News for California’s Small Businesses

For Immediate Release: 
Tuesday, 12 September, 2017

Statement from Small Business Majority California Director Mark Herbert in response to today’s vote by the California Assembly in favor of SB 63 by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, a paid family leave protection measure strongly supported by small businesses  


We’re glad the California Assembly voted today in favor of SB 63, which would expand California’s unpaid leave law to cover care for more family members and would ensure that more employees who use California’s Paid Family Leave program would be guaranteed job protection, because we know small business owners support these type of measures.

Small Business Majority’s scientific opinion polling found 70 percent of small businesses nationwide are in favor of legislation like SB 63 because they support expanding federal law that protects the job status of employees who take family or medical leave at firms with more than 50 employees to protect those working for businesses with 20 or more employees. Additionally, of those surveyed, 73 percent of small employers with 20-99 employees support extending job protection for family and medical leave to more employees of small businesses.

Given the broad small-business support, we hope the California Senate approves this measure and sends it to Gov. Jerry Brown to sign into law as soon as possible.

In addition to Herbert, small business owners are available for comment on SB 63. To schedule an interview with either, please contact Small Business Majority Media Relations Manager Simon Brown at 415-332-0340 or [email protected].  


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