California’s paid sick leave bill awaiting Governor Brown’s signature

California’s paid sick leave bill awaiting Governor Brown’s signature

A bill designed to provide up to three paid sick leaves a year to all workers in California has passed the state legislature and is now waiting Governor Jerry Brown's signature.

The California Assembly approved the measure, AB1522, last Saturday with a 50-20 vote. The state Senate approved the bill on Friday evening with a 22-8 vote.

The bill, which received the legislature's approval despite opposition from California Chamber of Commerce, would provide millions of Californians with up to three paid sick leaves annually.

Governor Brown has already expressed his support for the measure. After the legislature's approval, Governor Brown said, "Tonight, the Legislature took historic action to help hardworking Californians. This bill guarantees that millions of workers - from Eureka to San Diego - won't lose their jobs or pay just because they get sick."

In California, more than 7 million people or 40 per cent of the state's entire workforce are part-time or temporary workers, who don't receive benefits when they are sick.

After getting Brown's signature, California would become the second state of the U.S. to provide part-time and temporary workers with paid sick leaves. Part-time and temporary workers in Connecticut have already been enjoying the benefit since the state passed a similar measure in 2011.

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