Working parents are forced to miss many events in their children’s lives, all because they have to earn a living for the family. However, if a new bill passes in the California assembly, parents would be able to leave work without repercussions to get involved in their children’s education—and receive paid time off for it.
Assembly Bill 2405 Ensures Paid Time Off for Working Parents
The focus of Assembly Bill 2405, introduced by assemblyman Mike Gatto, is making sure the time parents and guardians take to get involved in their children’s lives is paid for by their employer. Under California’s Family-School and Partnership Act, which was passed in 1995, employees can take up to 40 hours of unpaid time off for reasons related to a child’s schooling each calendar year. AB 2405 would require 24 of those 40 hours to be paid time.
Here’s a quick rundown of what employees can expect if AB 2405 passes:
- Which employees are covered? Parents, grandparents, and guardians of minor children can benefit from the bill.
- How much time off can be taken? Up to three days (24 hours) of paid time off each year, with two more days (16 hours) unpaid specifically for school events.
- Can employees be terminated? The bill provides job protection for any employee taking school-related time off for their child.
- Which events are covered? Any school activities may prompt time off, including teacher-parent meetings, school-related emergencies, special events, extracurricular activities, or volunteering in the classroom.
- Which employees are exempt? Workers who are employed at a small company (fewer than 25 employees) are not included under the bill.
The bill has some definite upsides for employers as well as parents. Not only will parents be more involved in their children’s lives, employers won’t have to worry about losing valuable employees because of work-school conflicts. In addition, many studies show that children whose parents are involved in their education tend to get better grades and are less likely to receive school discipline or citations, making them better candidates in the workforce after graduation.
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