NFIB Reacts to Senate Expanding Protected Leave Mandate

Date: September 13, 2017

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Small businesses urge Governor Brown to Veto SB 63 (Jackson)

National Federation of Independent Business/California
Contact: Shawn Lewis (916) 342-9315; [email protected]
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NFIB Reacts to Senate Expanding Protected Leave Mandate
Small businesses urge Governor Brown to Veto SB 63 (Jackson)

SACRAMENTO, Calif., September 13, 2017 – Following the California State Senate passing Senate Bill 63 (Jackson) today, NFIB California State Executive Director Tom Scott issued the following statement on behalf of our 22,000 small business members:

“We are deeply concerned with the passage of SB 63 and are urging Governor Jerry Brown to veto this bill drastically expands protected leave for employees, as well as creates a new private right of action.

“SB 63 changes current law to require employers with only 20 employees to provide an additional 12 weeks of protected leave in addition to the numerous other leaves allowed. California already requires the most generous parental leave benefits in the nation, yet SB 63 will add another 12 weeks of leave for the same employee, totaling 7 months of potential protected leave. This bill also creates yet another right to sue employers under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), which average $125,000 to defend and settle.

“New costs and more lawsuits against small businesses mean fewer benefits, hours, and jobs for employees, which is why NFIB is strongly urging Governor Brown to veto SB 63.”


For more than 70 years, the National Federation of Independent Business has been the Voice of Small Business, taking the message from Main Street to the halls of Congress and all 50 state legislatures. NFIB has 350,000 dues-paying members nationally, with over 22,000 in California. NFIB annually surveys its members on state and federal issues vital to their survival as America’s economic engine and biggest creator of jobs. To learn more visit

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