Governor Brown vetoed bill SB-406 which would have amended the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) leave by expanding the definition of “family member”. The Governor however recognized that these expanded relationships were in addition to the family members allowed under the Federal FMLA. He determined that it would not be in the best interest for employers to, in some cases, allow up to 24 weeks of leave to care for a family member.
The Governor stated:
“I support the author’s efforts to ensure that eligible workers can take leave to care for a seriously ill family member. The expansion provided in this bill, however, creates a disparity between California’s law and the Federal Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and, in certain circumstances, could require employers to provide employees up to 24 weeks of family leave in a 12-month period. I am open to legislation to allow workers to take leave for additional family members that does not create this anomaly.”
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