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California State Legislation
2013 Policy Agenda
Gov. Brown has signed SB 252, which allows CalWORKS participants who voluntarily participate in Maternal Child Home Visitation programs to satisfy their Welfare-to-Work requirements, as well as reinforces a women's right to breastfeed publically in all County welfare offices. Press Release
SB 761 (DeSaulnier) Paid Family Leave Anti-Retaliation - This law will protect workers who use their PFL benefits from employer retaliation. Fact Sheet
SB 404 (Jackson): FEHA and Familial Status Discrimination - Amends the Fair Employment and Housing Act definition to prevent discrimination and harrassment based on a persons familial status and responsibilities. Fact Sheet
Rationale: New parents are at risk of discrimination based on their new responsibilities as parents.
SB 934 (Merkley) Supporting Working Moms Act of 2013 - This law would expand workplace lactation accommodations (reasonable breaks and appropriate space) to exempt employees.
SB 942 (Casey) Pregnant Workers Fairness Act of 2013 - This law would eliminate discrimination and promote women's health and economic security by ensuring reasonable workplace accommodations for workers whose ability to perform the functions of a job are limited by pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition. Press Track This Bill
Rationale: Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Pregnancy Discrimination Act, "related medical conditions" include lactation. See the 5th Circuit Federal Court of Appeals Case.
HR 896 (Engel) Quality Care for Moms and Babies Act - This law would amend title XI of the Social Security Act to improve the quality, health outcomes, and value of maternity care under the Medicaid and CHIP programs by developing maternity care quality measures and supporting maternity care quality collaboratives.
Status: Monitoring. Fact Sheet
FAMILY Act (De Laro) Family and Medical Leave Insurace. This is a proposed law that would provide paid family leave for qualifying life events, like pregnancy and the birth of a baby.
Rationale: The US Surgeon General Call To Action Step 13 states "work toward establishing paid maternity leave for all mothers". Paid Family Leave doubled the median duration of breastfeeding (see above.)
Status: Monitoring. Face Sheet
2012 Policy Agenda
AB 2386 has been signed by Gov. Jerry Brown! (See Breastfeeding Laws!)
SB 502 has been signed by Gov. Jerry Brown!
SB 502: Hospital Infant Feeding Protection Act - (De León and Pavley)
Starting January 1, 2014, requires all hospitals with perinatal units to have an infant feeding policy that promotes breastfeeding. This policy is to be based on the Baby-Friendly USA policy or the Department of Public Health's Model Policies. Both policies encourage breastfeeding in hospital settings. The policy must be routinely communicated to staff working on a perinatal unit.