Bereavement leave mandate on the Governorís desk

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Sept. 23, 2011

A bill, AB 325 (Bonnie Lowenthal, D-Long Beach), to require employers to grant every employee up to three days of unpaid bereavement leave upon the death of a family member has passed the Legislature and now sits on the Governor’s desk.

CMTA vigorously opposed this bill throughout its legislative process because it removes flexibility in leave policies appropriate to individual operations. It would also impose labor and legal costs for California employers that competitors in other states will not incur.

Today, many employers voluntarily provide bereavement leave to their employees along with other types of leave and make great efforts to accommodate time off for the loss of a loved one. There is no evidence of widespread or even periodic insensitivity in this regard.

To see CMTA’s letter urging the Governor to veto AB 325, click here:

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