Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher Proposes Expanding Landmark Paid Sick Days Law

Friday, February 16, 2018

SACRAMENTO  – (Friday, February 16, 2018) – California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) today introduced a bill enabling California workers to earn a minimum of five sick days per year. The bill, AB 2841, expands on her landmark 2014 legislation that made California the first state to guarantee paid sick leave for all private-sector employees across every industry.

“I’m excited to build on our existing law, which was so crucial in providing basic help to working families,” Assemblywoman Gonzalez Fletcher said. “For too many hard-working people, missing one day’s paycheck means you can’t afford groceries that week, or you can’t pay rent. We knew when we passed the law that three days wouldn’t be enough. This flu season proves we need to increase that number to five.”

Assemblywoman Gonzalez Fletcher’s AB 1522 from 2014 required employers to provide workers with a minimum of three earned sick days a year. Under the law created by AB 1522, employees earn one hour of sick leave for every 30 hours of work and are eligible to use that sick leave after 90 days of employment. They can use sick days to care for themselves or a sick family member.

Before Gov. Brown signed that bill, roughly 44 percent of private-sector workers in California did not have access to paid sick leave, according to a study by the Women’s Policy Research Institute. An estimated 6.5 million California workers benefitted from the passage of AB 1522.

At least seven other states and the District of Columbia now require employers to offer some form of paid sick leave to their workers, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Many of those have surpassed California’s three-day minimum since AB 1522 became law in 2015.

For more information on this issue or to schedule an interview with Assemblywoman Gonzalez Fletcher, contact Alex Roth at 619-228-3253.

Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher represents California’s 80th Assembly District, located in southern San Diego County, including the cities of San Diego, Chula Vista and National City. She serves as Chair of the Assembly Committee on Appropriations, Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Women in the Workplace, and Vice Chair of the California Latino Legislative Caucus. For more information on Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher visit https://a80.asmdc.org/