California lawmakers pass paid sick leave bill

SACRAMENTO - A bill that would provide paid sick leave to all California workers is waiting Governor Jerry Brown's signature.

Despite opposition from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and California Chamber of Commerce, the bill was approved early Saturday morning in the Assembly by a 50-20 vote.

It had passed the State Senate on a 22-8 vote Friday evening.

Sponsored by Assem. Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), Assembly Bill 1522 would give millions of California employees at least three paid sick days a year.

Gov. Brown has expressed support for the bill.

"Tonight, the Legislature took historic action to help hardworking Californians," Brown said in a statement. "This bill guarantees that millions of workers - from Eureka to San Diego - won't lose their jobs or pay just because they get sick."

The bill does not apply to in-home care workers, those who work for airlines and any employee working under a collective bargaining agreement that outlines working conditions and employee wages.

The California Chamber of Commerce currently lists the paid sick leave bill as a 2014 "job killer" on its website. However, Assem. Gonzalez told News10 Saturday afternoon that the bill is no longer designated a "job killer."

Gov. Brown has until Sept. 30 to sign the bill.


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