- Ashley Labar
- (916) 319-2767
(Sacramento) – Yesterday, AB 2464 passed the State Senate and is on its way to the Governor’s desk for signature. Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D- Bell Gardens) authored Assembly Bill (AB) 2464, which extends paid parental leave of absence to California State University (CSU) employees. AB 2464 would extend the California State University’s paid family leave for the birth or adoption of a child from 6 weeks to 1 semester or equivalent time. Currently, an employee of the CSU is eligible for up to 30 workdays of paid parental leave starting within 60 days of the arrival of a new child. This may vary for select employee groups.
“The California State University’s expectations that faculty member’s bodies are healed after 6 weeks are unrealistic and disappointing. Faculty members, including K-12 teachers and school employees, often have to try to schedule the birth of children in order to maximize their time away from work. The California State University System is a national leader in many areas, this is just another opportunity for the CSU to be a leader and set the bar. Addressing such disparities should begin by the CSU granting one full semester or the equivalent time in paid leave for parental bonding time. Not only will this increase new parent bonding time, it will also increase retention and morale among CSU employees,” stated Assemblymember Cristina Garcia.
Although the California State University has negotiated in good faith to extend paid parental leave, they have fallen short. To date the CSU has only formed a working group to look at the feasibility of implementing a longer paid parental leave period. The CSU plans to release a report in December detailing their findings, while families continue to suffer the short duration of paid parental leave. This bill makes it so that CSU employees no longer need to plan when they form a family and increases retention across the board.
AB 2464 extends worker protections by guaranteeing 16 weeks of paid parental leave for the formation of a strong family unit. AB 2464 is currently on the Governor’s Desk awaiting final action.
The 58th Assembly District includes the cities of Montebello, Pico Rivera, Commerce, Bell Gardens, Downey, Norwalk, Bellflower, Cerritos and Artesia.