Tell Governor Brown to Strengthen Paid Family Leave!

Governor Brown needs to hear from you today about an important bill.

SB 770 (Jackson) would expand the definition of family within California’s Paid Family Leave law to allow workers to receive partial pay while taking leave to care for a seriously ill sibling, grandparent, grandchild, or parent-in-law. This bill is now on the governor’s desk.

  • California’s PFL program allows workers to receive partial pay while bonding with a new child or caring for a seriously ill family member. The program is paid for entirely by employees through payroll deductions and is a lifeline for workers and their families. But the law’s definition of family is far too narrow, which prevents many workers from accessing the benefits even when a close loved one has a life-threatening illness. SB 770 will help ensure that workers do not have to choose between a paycheck and caring for their families.
  • SB 770 is sponsored by the Legal Aid Society–Employment Law Center, and supported by the California Work & Family Coalition. This bill has no opposition.

Take Action Now!

1. Send a letter to Governor Brown today and urge him to sign SB 770!

2. Use Twitter and Facebook to share this action alert and this video news story about the bill.

Sample Tweets

@JerryBrownGov: No one shd have to choose b/w a paycheck and caring for a loved one. Sign #SB770 to strengthen #paidfamilyleave! http://sd19.senate.ca.gov/news/2013-09-06-jackson-bill-strengthen-paid-family-leave-program-heads-governor

Let’s celebrate and honor grandparent and grandchildren #caregivers by urging Gov Brown to sign #SB770.

@JerryBrownGov: in honor of #GrandparentsDay, let workers take #paidfamilyleave to care for grandparents and grandkids! Sign #SB770!

Lisa Bautista cared for her grandmother; #SB770 extends #paidfamilyleave to family members like her. http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/state&id=9239682

Expand #paidfamilyleave to allow care for ill siblings, grandparents, grandchildren and in-laws. Urge Gov Brown to sign #SB770!

@JerryBrownGov: #paidfamilyleave is worker-funded; let workers access it to care for multi-generational families. Sign #SB770!