Gover­nor signs mea­sures to aid women, fam­i­lies

Las Vegas Review-Journal - - NEVADA & THE WEST - By Kath­leen Ron­ayne The As­so­ci­ated Press

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.

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