Governor signs military family leave bill

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Oct. 12, 2007 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

The deadline for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to consider all legislation that arrived on his desk in September is quickly approaching.  He has about 470 bills still to sign or veto by Sunday, October 14, at midnight.  

Earlier this week, the Governor signed AB 392 (Ted Lieu, D-Torrance), which mandates that employers allow workers to take up to ten days of unpaid leave when a spouse is on leave from military service from Iraq and Afghanistan.  The leave is unpaid and must be taken concurrently with the leave of the spouse. The employee must submit documentation to demonstrate that their military spouse will be on leave from deployment.

This legislation was signed along with eight other military and veteran bills that provide additional benefits to military families and enhance financial protections. The Governor made the following statement: "These bills demonstrate California's commitment to those who currently serve, those who have served and the families who have sacrificed so much to support them," In addition, the author of AB 392, Assemblyman Lieu, declared that the men and women in the military deserve special consideration.

Since AB 392 passed with more than a 2/3 vote in both houses and had an urgency clause, the bill took effect immediately.   

Other bills relating to family leave are still on the Governor’s desk:

  • AB 537 (Sandré Swanson, D-Oakland) Eligibility expansion of the California Family Rights Act (CFRA);
  • SB 727 (Sheila Kuehl, D-Santa Monica) Eligibility expansion of the Paid Family Leave;
  • SB 549 (Ellen Corbett, D-San Leandro) Four non-consecutive days within 13 months for Bereavement Leave; and
  • SB 836 (Kuehl) Addition of "Familial Status" to the Fair Employment and Housing Act.

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