The New Parents Leave Act (NPLA) would have allowed new parents up to six weeks of unpaid leave to care for new children. This law failed to pass after a veto from Governor Jerry Brown, who claimed he was worried about the effects the legislation would have on small businesses.
California lawmakers are giving this proposal another chance. A state senator reintroduced the NPLA, although with some slight differences. The new bill asks for 12 weeks of unpaid leave for new parents instead of six. In addition, the state senator reintroduced a separate bill addressing time off for workers caring for sick family members.
If these proposals were to pass, it would give eligible employees at small businesses protections similar to the FMLA. Even better, California recently passed legislation allowing eligible workers to receive partial pay while taking family leave.
Are You Eligible for Family Leave? Beware of Employer Retaliation
Employees may experience workplace retaliation even when they are eligible to receive time off under the FMLA or the CFRA. Employers may fire employees who signal they are going to use or have used FMLA or CFRA leave. Affected workers should immediately compile evidence of retaliation, and contact an employment law attorney to explore possible legal options.