Parental leave expands for California workers so they can bond with their newborns

Under a new law to combat workplace inequities, some 2.7 million California mothers and fathers will gain the right to a long-sought benefit: 12 weeks of job-protected leave to bond with their newborns.

California is not just about Silicon Valley, agriculture and Hollywood,” Gov. Jerry Brown said at a Sacramento ceremony as he signed the New Parent Leave Act on Thursday, Oct. 12, surrounded by a crowd of women legislators.

“It is about families and kids. California is showing the way...

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