Bill Text: CA AB568 | 2017-2018 | Regular Session | Amended


Bill Title: School and community college employees: paid maternity leave.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2017-05-18 - Read second time. Ordered to third reading. [AB568 Detail]

Download: California-2017-AB568-Amended.html

Amended  IN  Assembly  May 17, 2017
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 27, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 568


Introduced by Assembly Member Gonzalez Fletcher

February 14, 2017


An act to amend Sections 44965, 45193, 87766, and 88193 of the Education Code, relating to employees.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 568, as amended, Gonzalez Fletcher. School and community college employees: paid maternity leave.
(1) Existing law requires the governing board of a school district, and the governing board of a community college district, to provide for a leave of absence from duty for a certificated employee, or an academic employee, of the district who is required to be absent from duties because of pregnancy, miscarriage, childbirth, and recovery therefrom.
Existing law, the Charter Schools Act of 1992, provides for the establishment and operation of charter schools, and exempts charter schools from the laws governing school districts, except as specified.
This bill would require at least 6 weeks of the leave of absence to be with full pay. the governing board of a school district, the governing body of a charter school, and the governing board of a community college district to provide at least 6 weeks of a leave of absence with full pay for a certificated employee, or an academic employee, of the district or charter school who is required to be absent from duties because of pregnancy, miscarriage, childbirth, and recovery therefrom. The bill would authorize the paid leave to begin before and continue after childbirth, provided that the employee is actually disabled by pregnancy, childbirth, or a related condition.
(2) Existing law authorizes the governing board of a school district, and the governing board of a community college district, to provide for such leave of absence from duty as it deems appropriate for a female employee in the classified service of the district who is required to absent herself from her duties because of pregnancy or convalescence following childbirth pregnancy, miscarriage, childbirth, and recovery therefrom. Existing law authorizes the governing board of a school district, and the governing board of a community college district, to adopt rules and regulations prescribing the manner of proof of pregnancy, the time during pregnancy at which the leave of absence shall be taken, and the length of time for which the leave of absence shall continue after birth of the child. Existing law also authorizes the governing board of a school district, and the governing board of a community college district, to provide in the rules and regulations whether the leave granted shall be with or without pay, as provided.
This bill would instead require the governing board of a school district, the governing body of a charter school, and the governing board of a community college district, district to provide for such leave of absence from duty as it deems appropriate for a female employee in the classified service of the district or charter school who is required to absent herself from her duties because of pregnancy or convalescence following childbirth. pregnancy, miscarriage, childbirth, and recovery therefrom. The bill would require the governing board of a school district, the governing body of a charter school, and the governing board of a community college district, district to adopt rules and regulations prescribing the manner of proof of pregnancy and the duration of the leave of absence, provided that at least 6 weeks of the leave of absence shall be with full pay. The bill would also require the governing board of a school district, the governing body of a charter school, and the governing board of a community college district, district to provide in the rules and regulations that at least 6 weeks of the leave granted shall be with full pay.
(3) This bill would prohibit these provisions from diminishing the right of an employee of a school district district, charter school, or community college district to take, or be compensated during, other leaves of absence, as provided.
(4) This bill would also make various nonsubstantive changes to these provisions.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 44965 of the Education Code is amended to read:

44965.
 (a) The governing board of a school district and the governing body of a charter school shall provide for a leave of absence from duty for a certificated employee of the school district or charter school who is required to be absent from duties because of pregnancy, miscarriage, childbirth, and recovery therefrom. The length of the leave of absence, including the date on which the leave shall commence and the date on which the employee shall resume duties, shall be determined by the employee and the employee’s physician. At least six weeks of the leave of absence shall be with full pay. The paid leave may begin before and continue after childbirth, provided that the employee is actually disabled by pregnancy, childbirth, or a related condition.
(b) Disabilities caused or contributed to by pregnancy, miscarriage, childbirth, and recovery therefrom are, for all job-related purposes, temporary disabilities and shall be treated as such under any health or temporary disability insurance or sick leave plan available in connection with employment by a school district.
(c) Except as provided herein, written and unwritten employment policies and practices of a school district shall be applied to disability due to pregnancy or childbirth on the same terms and conditions applied to other temporary disabilities.
(d) Paid leave taken under this section shall not diminish the employee’s right to take, or be compensated during, other leaves of absence, including, but not limited to, pregnancy disability leave pursuant to Section 11042 of Title 2 of the California Code of Regulations, disability leave, sick leave, bonding leave, and vacation leave, even when these other leaves of absence are taken due to illness or injury resulting from pregnancy, miscarriage, childbirth, or recovery therefrom.

SEC. 2.

 Section 45193 of the Education Code is amended to read:

45193.
 (a) The governing board of a school district and the governing body of a charter school shall provide for such leave of absence from duty as it deems appropriate for a female employee in the classified service of the school district or charter school who is required to absent herself from her duties because of pregnancy or convalescence following childbirth, pregnancy, miscarriage, childbirth, and recovery therefrom, and shall adopt rules and regulations prescribing the manner of proof of pregnancy and the duration of the leave of absence, provided that at least six weeks of the leave of absence shall be with full pay. The paid leave may begin before and continue after childbirth, provided that the employee is actually disabled by pregnancy, childbirth, or a related condition. Nothing in this section or in the rules and regulations adopted by the governing board of a school district or the governing body of a charter school shall diminish an employee’s right to take up to four months of leave for a disability related to pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition pursuant to Section 11042 of Title 2 of the California Code of Regulations, or an extended leave as a reasonable accommodation of a disability under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (Part 2.8 (commencing with Section 12900) of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code).
(b) The governing board of a school district and the governing body of a charter school shall also provide in the rules and regulations that at least six weeks of the leave granted under this section shall be with full pay.
(c) Paid leave taken under this section shall not diminish the employee’s right to take, or be compensated during, other leaves of absence, including, but not limited to, pregnancy disability leave pursuant to Section 11042 of Title 2 of the California Code of Regulations, disability leave, sick leave, bonding leave, and vacation leave, even when these other leaves of absence are taken due to illness or injury resulting from pregnancy, miscarriage, childbirth, or recovery therefrom.
(d) This section shall apply to school districts that have adopted the merit system in the same manner and effect as if it were a part of Article 6 (commencing with Section 45240) of this chapter.

SEC. 3.

 Section 87766 of the Education Code is amended to read:

87766.
 (a) The governing board of a community college district shall provide for a leave of absence from duty for an academic employee of the community college district who is required to be absent from duties because of pregnancy, miscarriage, childbirth, and recovery therefrom. The length of the leave of absence, including the date on which the leave shall commence and the date on which the employee shall resume duties, shall be determined by the employee and the employee’s physician. At least six weeks of the leave of absence shall be with full pay. The paid leave may begin before and continue after childbirth, provided that the employee is actually disabled by pregnancy, childbirth, or a related condition.
(b) Disabilities caused or contributed to by pregnancy, miscarriage, childbirth, and recovery therefrom are, for all job-related purposes, temporary disabilities and shall be treated as such under any health or temporary disability insurance or sick leave plan available in connection with employment by a community college district.
(c) Except as provided herein, written and unwritten employment policies and practices of a community college district shall be applied to disability due to pregnancy or childbirth on the same terms and conditions applied to other temporary disabilities.
(d) Paid leave taken under this section shall not diminish the employee’s right to take, or be compensated during, other leaves of absence, including, but not limited to, pregnancy disability leave pursuant to Section 11042 of Title 2 of the California Code of Regulations, disability leave, sick leave, bonding leave, and vacation leave, even when these other leaves of absence are taken due to illness or injury resulting from pregnancy, miscarriage, childbirth, or recovery therefrom.

SEC. 4.

 Section 88193 of the Education Code is amended to read:

88193.
 (a) The governing board of a community college district shall provide for such leave of absence from duty as it deems appropriate for a female employee in the classified service of the community college district who is required to absent herself from her duties because of pregnancy or convalescence following childbirth, pregnancy, miscarriage, childbirth, and recovery therefrom, and shall adopt rules and regulations prescribing the manner of proof of pregnancy and the duration of the leave of absence, provided that at least six weeks of the leave of absence shall be with full pay. The paid leave may begin before and continue after childbirth, provided that the employee is actually disabled by pregnancy, childbirth, or a related condition. Nothing in this section or in the rules and regulations adopted by the governing board of a community college district shall diminish an employee’s right to take up to four months of leave for a disability related to pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition pursuant to Section 11042 of Title 2 of the California Code of Regulations, or an extended leave as a reasonable accommodation of a disability under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (Part 2.8 (commencing with Section 12900) of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code).
(b) The governing board of a community college district shall also provide in the rules and regulations that at least six weeks of the leave granted under this section shall be with full pay.
(c) Paid leave taken under this section shall not diminish the employee’s right to take, or be compensated during, other leaves of absence, including, but not limited to, pregnancy disability leave pursuant to Section 11042 of Title 2 of the California Code of Regulations, disability leave, sick leave, bonding leave, and vacation leave, even when these other leaves of absence are taken due to illness or injury resulting from pregnancy, miscarriage, childbirth, or recovery therefrom.
(d) This section shall apply to community college districts that have adopted the merit system in the same manner and effect as if it were a part of Article 3 (commencing with Section 88060) of this chapter.

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