Lifetime Adoption has some exciting news to share with our California adoptive couples! Senate Bill No. 63 was just signed into law by California governor Jerry Brown. The bill allows up to 12 weeks of leave to bond with your adopted baby for employees working at a company with 20 to 49 employees. Keep reading to learn how this will benefit you!
Senate Bill no. 63 extends some of the benefits of the FMLA (Family and Medical Leave Act) and CFRA (California Family Rights Act) to California employers with 20 to 49 employees. It requires that employers with 20 to 49 employees grant employees with more than 12 months of service and at least 1,250 hours of service with the employer during the previous 12-month period, to take up to 12 weeks of parental leave to bond with a new child within one year of the child’s adoption.
The 12 week period named in the bill is unpaid protected leave, meaning that it provides you with job protection. It also requires that your employer continue to maintain and pay for your health insurance coverage. If you're eligible, you may use any of your accrued paid sick time, vacation pay, other accrued paid time off, or other paid or unpaid time off negotiated with the employer, during the period of parental leave.
You read the full bill text, as well as more info at leginfo.legislature.ca.gov.