- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 31, 2016

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Employees of smaller California businesses could take up to six weeks of family leave under legislation lawmakers are sending to Gov. Jerry Brown.

The bill affects businesses with 20 to 49 employees, expanding on an existing law that governs businesses with 50 or more workers.

Businesses wouldn’t have to pay the worker, but Democratic Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara says employees could apply to a state program to receive partial wages. She says nine other states have small business programs.

Senators approved SB654 24-12 on Wednesday over the objections of the California Chamber of Commerce, which labels it a job killer.

A previous version was stuck in a committee controlled by Democratic Assemblyman Roger Hernandez of West Covina. It was revived after Hernandez was stripped of his committee assignments.



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