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 10 days of emergency paid sick leave to all California workers during a state of emergency;
  • Expands job-protected family and pregnancy leave to all employees during a state of emergency, regardless of employer size;
  • Provides for an additional 12 weeks of job-protected emergency leave, for a total of 24 weeks, to care for your own serious health condition, a family member’s serious health condition, or care for a family member when a school or care facilities has been closed; and
  • 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.

Assemblymember Ash Kalra, co-author Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez

ACLU of California, Legal Aid at Work, California Employment Lawyers Association, Equal Rights Advocates, and California Work and Family Coalition

Bill Status [ACTIVE]

Approved – Assembly Labor Committee (05.22.2020)
Introduced (05.12.20)