California workers who call in sick would be eligible for some pay under a bill which passed the state Assembly in May. The legislation, sponsored by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez, would guarantee all workers a minimum of three days of paid sick leave per year. Although some cities including San Francisco already require employers to offer paid sick leave, there is no statewide mandate. The proposal, which now heads to the state Senate, is meeting stiff resistance from business groups who say it’s a job killer.
Lorena Gonzalez, state assemblymember representing the 80th Assembly District and author of Assembly Bill 1522
John Kabateck, California executive director of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)
Steve Smith, communications director for the California Labor Federation