Governor signs measures to aid women, families
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California women will have more tools to fight pay discrimination, more resources to buy diapers and pay for child care, and more opportunities for parental leave under bills signed Thursday by Gov. Jerry Brown.
“California is not just about Silicon Valley, it’s not just about agriculture, it’s not just about Hollywood — it’s about families and kids,” Brown said before signing the bills outside a Sacramento center that provides resources for homeless women.
The 26-member legislative Women’s Caucus championed the nine bills, with several focusing on victims of domestic violence.
One bill requires small businesses employing between 20 and 49 people to offer 12 weeks of unpaid maternity and paternity leave to employees, giving new parents assurance they can stay home with their children without being fired. Existing state law imposes that requirement for larger companies only.
Another workplace-focused bill bans employers from asking applicants about their past salaries. That builds on a 2015 law signed by Brown making it easier for women to push for equal pay.