Bill To Expand Family Leave Rights Heads To Calif. Senate

Law360, San Diego (May 30, 2012, 5:54 PM EDT) -- A bill allowing for California workers to take unpaid leave to care for seriously ill grandparents, siblings and others cleared the state Assembly on Wednesday, even though Republicans argued that the legislation would impose new burdens on struggling employers and create more opportunities to sue them.

The full Assembly voted 49-23 to approve A.B. 2039, authored by Assemblyman Sandre Swanson, D-Alameda, which proposes to expand the definition of “family” under the California Family Rights Act to let employees take up to 12 weeks of protected leave...
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