- Associated Press - Thursday, August 11, 2016

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California lawmakers are reviving legislation to give family leave to workers at small businesses.

Federal law requires businesses with 50 or more employees to give workers up to 12 weeks unpaid leave per year to care for a new child or other family member.

The California proposal would expand that to companies with 10 to 49 employees. Those employees could get at least 60 percent of wages for up to six weeks.

The legislation is a priority of the California Legislative Women’s Caucus. It was shot down in June by a committee led by Democratic Assemblyman Roger Hernandez of West Covina.

Hernandez was booted from committees last month amid allegations he physically abused his ex-wife.

Democratic leaders revived the bill Thursday. The Assembly voted 44-24 to introduce SB654.

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