Friday, May 10, 2013
Urgent I need your response SB761 by Monday
On Monday Lori and I will be meeting with Senator Desaunier's office regarding SB761.The bill is currently on the Senate floor.
I will make the legislation as simple as possible and would really appreciate your feedback.
Under the California Family Rights Act which currently exist in California an employer with 50 or more employees who have worked 1250 hours is required to provide paid family leave for 6 weeks. If they fire the employee or don’t allow the employee to return to their job the employee can file suit against the employer.
SB 761 would extend this to all employers with no minimum hours but a requirement that the employee has earned in the base period[ I am not sure if this is three or four months ] $300. If the employer fires or does not take back the employee all businesses would be subject to a lawsuit
Please understand that the employee is receiving these funds from money they have contributed so the employer is not paying for this.
One of the arguments the author makes for this is that employees that work for companies with less than 50 employees are not eligible for these funds even though they pay into the fund.
The counter argument to this is that legislation could be drafted such that employees who work for companies with less than 50 employees do not have to pay into the fund.
What should SB Cal do. Some options
Support the bill as written
Oppose the Bill as written
Support with an exemption for businesses with less than 25 employees
Support with an exemption for businesses with less than 25 employees but require the 1250 hours of work.
Support with an exemption for businesses with less than 50 employees. The ramifications of this is businesses with over 50 employees would not have the requirement of 1250 hours so they would have to provide for anyone who makes $300 during the base period
Take no position
It is really important I hear back from you. We will not use any names but your responses will be noted and relayed to the Senators staff
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