We've discussed SB 400 here previously. This law goes into effect on Jan. 1. It provides additional workplace protections to employees who are victims of domestic violence or stalking. Under the new law, employers cannot fire, discriminate against, or penalize an employee because he or she is a victim of one of these crimes. According to the text of the bill, which also extends to victims of sexual assault, businesses with 25 employees or more must give victims time off for things like going to court or seeking medical treatment. It also requires employers to take reasonable steps to help protect victims while they are in the workplace.
SB 770, which will take effect on July 1 of next year, expands the state's Paid Family Leave benefits. Under the program now, people can take time away from work and be eligible for State Disability Insurance if they are taking care of a child, parent, spouse or domestic partner who is seriously ill. The new law, which recognizes the reality that family members from various generations often live together and depend on one another, will also allow these benefits if someone needs to care for a grandchild, grandparent, in-law, or sibling.