Now watch unemployment rise! Businesses with at least 50 employees must comply starting in January 2017. Businesses with at least 20 employees have until January 2018 to comply.
As of Tuesday, San Francisco is the first city in the United States to require businesses to provide fully paid parental leave. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has voted to require six weeks of fully paid leave for new parents — a move that would be a first for any jurisdiction.
Reportedly, the new law requires businesses to offer six weeks of fully paid leave for new parents — mothers and fathers, including same-sex couples, who either bear or adopt a child.
NBC Bay Area News reports the state already allows workers to receive 55 percent of their pay for up to six weeks to bond with a new child. This proposal changes it to 100 percent of their pay.
[pullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]“We’re trying to balance the needs of businesses and of many families who are struggling to get by,” Supervisor Scott Wiener told NBC Bay Area Tuesday morning. “Especially low-income and working class families right now, literally having to choose, ‘Do I spend time bonding with my child or put food on the table?’ And that is a choice no one should have to make.” [/pullquote]
Advocates say the legislation is needed because too many families can’t afford to take leave, but small business owners say the latest proposal is just another mandate in a long list of city mandates — including paid sick leave and health coverage — that unfairly targets independent owners.
The business-sponsored Bay Area Council, whose members include Google and Microsoft, supports the proposal. Other advocates include: Planned Parenthood, the California Work & Family Coalition, Equal Rights Advocates, the Legal Aid Society – Employment Law Center, and The Opportunity Institute.
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