Update Applicable to:
All employers in the state of California.
On August 30, 2022, the California Senate voted to approve Assembly Bill 1949 (AB 1949), which amends the California Family Rights Act (“CFRA”) by providing bereavement leave to employees.
What are the details?
Currently awaiting to be sent to the governor for his signature, AB 1949 would grant employees up to five days of bereavement leave under the CFRA. The bill would permit employees to take the leave if they have been employed for at least 30 days before the leave, and the leave is for the death of a spouse or a child, parent, sibling, grandparent, grandchild, domestic partner, or parent-in-law.
The leave is unpaid, but the employee must be permitted to use vacation, personal leave, accrued and available sick leave, or compensatory time off that is otherwise available.
The bill would allow the employer to require documentation of the death of the family member, which can be in the form of a death certificate, a published obituary, or written verification of death, burial, or memorial services from a mortuary, funeral home, burial society, crematorium, religious institution, or governmental agency. The bill would prohibit retaliation for requesting bereavement leave.
For more information, please see the links below:
Assembly Bill 1949 (AB 1949)
What do employers need to do?
Employers should review the links above and look for news on the bill. Vensure will provide more communication once more updates have been received.