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Bill Seeks Paid Time Off For Students’ Parents

By Marva Hinton — March 22, 2016 1 min read

A California lawmaker has proposed a bill that would require employers to give parents three paid days off a year to attend school-related activities.

Under California law, parents, grandparents, and legal guardians can already take 40 hours of unpaid time off for school-related activities or emergencies. The proposal from Assemblyman Mike Gatto, a Democrat, would make 24 of those hours paid. Employers with 25 employees or less would be exempt.

The Education Commission of the States reports that, if passed, the measure would make California the first state to mandate that employers provide workers paid time off to attend school-related activities.

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A version of this article appeared in the March 23, 2016 edition of Education Week as Bill Seeks Paid Time Off For Students’ Parents

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