Bill Text: CA SB1383 | 2019-2020 | Regular Session | Amended


Bill Title: Employees: time off.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2020-03-25 - From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on RLS. [SB1383 Detail]

Download: California-2019-SB1383-Amended.html

Amended  IN  Senate  March 25, 2020

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill
No. 1383


Introduced by Senator Jackson

February 21, 2020


An act to amend Section 26900 of the Government Code, relating to local government. 230.8 of the Labor Code, relating to employment.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 1383, as amended, Jackson. Local government. Employees: time off.
Existing law prohibits an employer who employs 25 or more employees working at the same location from discharging or discriminating against an employee who is a parent, as defined, of a child of the age to attend a licensed child care provider or in kindergarten or grades 1 to 12, inclusive, for taking off up to 40 hours each year to find, enroll, or reenroll their child in a school, to participate in school activities, or address emergency situations at school, subject to specified conditions. Existing law requires an employee to use vacation or other paid time off when taking time off under these provisions and authorizes the use of unpaid time off, to the extent made available by the employer.
This bill would apply these provisions to all employers and would authorize an employee to take off time in excess of 40 hours in the case of a school closure due to an emergency declaration by a federal, state, or local government agency, up to the duration of the emergency.

Existing law requires the auditor of a county to examine and settle the accounts of any persons indebted to the county or holding money payable into the county treasury, and to certify the amount to the treasurer, as specified.

This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to this provision.

Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NOYES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 230.8 of the Labor Code is amended to read:

230.8.
 (a) (1) An employer who employs 25 or more employees working at the same location shall not discharge or in any way discriminate against an employee who is a parent of one or more children of the age to attend kindergarten or grades 1 to 12, inclusive, or a licensed child care provider, for taking off up to 40 hours each year, for the purpose of either of the following child-related activities:
(A) To find, enroll, or reenroll his or her their child in a school or with a licensed child care provider, or to participate in activities of the school or licensed child care provider of his or her their child, if the employee, prior to taking the time off, gives reasonable notice to the employer of the planned absence of the employee. Time off pursuant to this subparagraph shall not exceed eight hours in any calendar month of the year.
(B) To address a child care provider or school emergency, including a school closure pursuant to a state of emergency declaration by a federal, state, or local government agency if the employee gives notice to the employer. Time off taken pursuant to this subparagraph shall not be limited to 40 hours and may be extended to the duration of the emergency.
(2) If more than one parent of a child is employed by the same employer at the same worksite, the entitlement under paragraph (1) of a planned absence as to that child applies, at any one time, only to the parent who first gives notice to the employer, such that another parent may take a planned absence simultaneously as to that same child under the conditions described in paragraph (1) only if he or she obtains they obtain the employer’s approval for the requested time off.
(b) (1) The employee shall utilize existing vacation, personal leave, or compensatory time off for purposes of the planned absence authorized by this section, unless otherwise provided by a collective bargaining agreement entered into before January 1, 1995, and in effect on that date. An employee also may utilize time off without pay for this purpose, to the extent made available by his or her their employer. The entitlement of any employee under this section shall not be diminished by any collective bargaining agreement term or condition that is agreed to on or after January 1, 1995.
(2) Notwithstanding paragraph (1), in the event that all permanent, full-time employees of an employer are accorded vacation during the same period of time in the calendar year, an employee of that employer may not utilize that accrued vacation benefit at any other time for purposes of the planned absence authorized by this section.
(c) The employee, if requested by the employer, shall provide documentation from the school or licensed child care provider as proof that he or she they engaged in child-related activities permitted in subdivision (a) on a specific date and at a particular time. For purposes of this subdivision, “documentation” means whatever written verification of parental participation the school or licensed child care provider deems appropriate and reasonable.
(d) Any employee who is discharged, threatened with discharge, demoted, suspended, or in any other manner discriminated against in terms and conditions of employment by his or her their employer because the employee has taken time off to engage in child-related activities permitted in subdivision (a) shall be entitled to reinstatement and reimbursement for lost wages and work benefits caused by the acts of the employer. Any employer who willfully refuses to rehire, promote, or otherwise restore an employee or former employee who has been determined to be eligible for rehiring or promotion by a grievance procedure, arbitration, or hearing authorized by law shall be subject to a civil penalty in an amount equal to three times the amount of the employee’s lost wages and work benefits.
(e) For purposes of this section, the following terms have the following meanings:
(1) “Parent” means a parent, guardian, stepparent, foster parent, or grandparent of, or a person who stands in loco parentis to, a child.
(2) “Child care provider or school emergency” means that an employee’s child cannot remain in a school or with a child care provider due to one of the following:
(A) The school or child care provider has requested that the child be picked up, or has an attendance policy, excluding planned holidays, that prohibits the child from attending or requires the child to be picked up from the school or child care provider.
(B) Behavioral or discipline problems.
(C) Closure or unexpected unavailability of the school or child care provider, excluding planned holidays.
(D) A natural disaster, including, but not limited to, fire, earthquake, or flood.

SECTION 1.Section 26900 of the Government Code is amended to read:
26900.

The auditor shall examine and settle the accounts of any persons indebted to the county or holding money payable into the county treasury, and shall certify the amount to the treasurer. Upon the presentation and filing of the treasurer’s receipt therefor, the auditor shall give to that person a discharge and charge the treasurer with the amount received.

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