Current Legislation

2017-2018 California Legislative Bills

SB 63 (Jackson) – New Parent Leave Act

Sponsored by: Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson

Update 10/12/17: SB 63 is LAW!

 

 

 

 

Exciting news for our great state! On Thursday, 10/12/17, Governor Brown signed SB 63 (Jackson), the New Parent Leave Act! As a coalition partner and as parents, we at the California Breastfeeding Coalition could not be happier. Our children, parents, families, workers, employers, and collective community have everything to gain by protecting bonding time. Among so many wonderful benefits, we are thrilled to see legislation that protects and preserves the breast milk feeding relationship.

Starting January 1, 2018 – New parents working in businesses with 20 or more employees  will have job protection when they take time to bond with a new child – birth, adoption, or foster.

Prior to SB63, job-protection applied only to workers in businesses of 50 or more for bonding leave. SB63 will impact 2.7 million California workers. This change will make a difference as studies show bonding time enhances the growth, development, health of infants and children. It will also help families with economic stability and will increase access to the state’s Paid Family Leave program.

This bill extends job protection under the California Family Rights Act (CFRA)  to more new parents taking bonding leave. Currently, CFRA only covers workers in businesses with 50 or more employees, SB 63 would extend job protection to new parents in businesses with 20 or more employees. The New Parent Leave Act would provide up to 12 weeks of job-protected maternity leave and paternity leave for more California employees. All new parents should have access to bonding leave for the health and well-being of children.

SB 63 Template Letter to Governor

SB 63 Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet on the Health Impact

 

California Breastfeed Coalition and other coalition members meet with Assemblymember Ana Cabellero (fourth from left) to support SB 63.

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ACR 113 (Rubio) – Breastfeeding Awareness Month Resolution                                                                                                             

Sponsored by: Assemblymember Blanca E. Rubio, 48th District

This resolution officially declares August 2017 as Breastfeeding Awareness Month in California and would encourage Californians to work together to support breastfeeding. It will coincide with National Breastfeeding Awareness Month in August.  Note: Resolutions do not need to be signed into law by the Governor.

2017 Breastfeeding Awareness Month celebrations from coalitions all over the state.

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