Keep California’s workforce healthy
Pass AB 3216
COVID-19 has highlighted the challenges that many of California’s frontline workers face when it comes to being able to take paid leave to care for themselves and their families.
Existing laws have fallen short – most Californians are only given three paid sick days per year and millions do not qualify for federal paid sick leave because they work for a large employer. Others are unable to use paid family leave to bond with a new child or care for a sick family member without worrying they will be fired.
Without paid sick leave, people are less likely to see a healthcare provider when they fall ill and more likely to go to work while contagious. We must change California’s laws to protect the health of our workforce and our community with AB 3216.
AB 3216 would:
- provide 3 days of emergency paid sick leave to all workers during a state of public health emergency;
- provide 12 weeks of job-protected emergency family and medical leave for workers in a vulnerable population at high risk of severe illness and for workers who are subject to a quarantine order during a state of emergency;
- provide 12 weeks of job-protected emergency family and medical leave to care for a child, parent, or spouse whose school or care facilities have been closed due to a state of emergency;
- provide a right of recall and retention for workers who have been laid off in industries heavily impacted by COVID-19: hotels, airport hospitality, event centers, and building services.
Another family leave bill, SB 1383, would expand job-protected family and pregnancy leave to all employees who work for employers with 5 or more employees, so that the vast majority of Californians can access at least 12 weeks of job-protected emergency leave to care for themselves, a new baby, or a sick family member.
Combined, AB 3216 and SB 1383 would provide strong job protections, so our front-line workers do not have to choose between their paychecks and taking the time they need to care for themselves and their families.
Tell your legislators to support California workers by voting YES on AB 3216 and SB 1383!
California State Senate