Brown signs bills to help California women, families

A new law in California will likely add to industry pricing headwinds according to one analyst and could bring unintended consequences

The 26-member legislative Women's Caucus championed the nine bills aimed at improving the lives of California women and families, with several focusing on victims of domestic violence.

Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed a package of bills meant to address women's and family issues, including expanding unpaid family leave and helping parents on welfare afford diapers.

The new law will take effect on January 1, 2018. The current law only applies to workers at companies with 50 employees or more.

"Those women who are on Cal-Works and have a job or are getting an education and have subsidized child care, it will ensure that they get a diaper subsidy so that they don't have another barrier to work or education", she says.

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It comes as momentum is growing in California and nationwide for stronger family leave policies in both the public and private sectors.

Several other bills focus on health and wellness.

California's Paid Family Leave Program, the first in the country when it passed in 2002, is entirely employee funded and provides six weeks of partial wage replacement to workers for caregiving responsibilities, including for bonding with a newborn. Among the bills getting his signature was a measure that expands eligibility for 12-weeks of job-protected maternity and paternity leave.

“This is a great victory for working parents and children in California, ” says the author of the legislation state Sen.

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