Protect Essential Workers, Expand Access to Paid Leave (AB 3216)

Worried mother taking care of a son with lying in hospital bed.

AB 3216 addresses the urgent need to enable California to recover from COVID-19, prevent recurring outbreaks, and move toward economic recovery by allowing workers to care for themselves and their families. What does AB 3216 do?

  • Provides 3 days of emergency paid sick leave to all California workers during a state of public health emergency;
  • Provide 12 weeks of job-protected emergency family and medical leave for workers in a vulnerable population at high risk of severe illness and for workers who are subject to a quarantine order during a state of emergency;
  • Provide 12 weeks of job-protected emergency family and medical leave to care for a child, parent, or spouse whose school or care facilities have been closed due to a state of emergency;
  • Provides a right of recall and retention for workers who have been laid off in the heavily COVID-impacted industries of hotels, airport hospitality, event centers and building services.

Author:
Assemblymember Ash Kalra, co-author Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez

Sponsors:
ACLU of California, Legal Aid at Work, California Employment Lawyers Association, Equal Rights Advocates, California Work and Family Coalition, California Labor Federation, and Unite Here

Take action >> Ask your CA Senator to support AB 3216!

Bill Status [Active]

Updates
Passed – Assembly Floor (06.18.2020)
Approved – Assembly Appropriations Committee (06.03.2020)
Approved – Assembly Labor Committee (05.22.2020)
Introduced (05.12.20)