On September 29, 2022, Governor Newsom signed AB 1041, which states that in addition to the family members outlined in California’s paid sick leave law and the California Family Rights Act (CFRA), an employee also can take leave to care for a “designated person.”

Currently, under the CFRA, eligible employees may take job-protected leave to care for their child, parent, parent-in-law, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, spouse, or registered domestic partner. AB 1041 adds a “designated person” to that list.

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Labor (the “Department”) announced the Temporary Agricultural Employment of H-2A Nonimmigrants in the United States final rule. DOL says the rule will improve the H-2A program by strengthening key worker protections and modernizing the application process. The final rule will be published in the Federal Register October 12.

Governor Newsom has vetoed AB 857 (by Assemblymember Ash Kalra and sponsored by the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation (CRLA)).  The bill was a reintroduction of SB 1102 (by Senator Monning) which was vetoed in 2020 and would have created the California Legal Rights Disclosure Act for H-2A Farmworkers.

Matthew Allen
Correction: A previous version of this article erroneously stated in the title that SPSL was extended through 2023. AB 152 extends SPSL through Dec. 31, 2022.
 
Governor Gavin Newsom has signed AB 152 extending COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave (SPSL) through the end of 2022. The bill will also provide relief to small businesses incurring the costs of of paying SPSL.  
 

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