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CA Bill Proposes All Employees Get Time Off To Grieve

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Grieving Californians will no longer have to consider working during their bereavement period, according to a bill passed by the state assembly today. AB 325, authored by Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal, states that all employees -- from part-time to temporary to salaried -- will get four days of unpaid leave following the death of certain relatives, including a child, parent, spouse, domestic partner, grandparent, grandchild or sibling, reports the OC Register. The leave could be taken any time within 13 months of the death.

The bill is opposed by some. According to the Register:

The California Chamber and eight other employer groups oppose the bill. A letter to Assembly members states, “By making a four-day bereavement leave mandatory in every situation, AB 325 removes the flexibility employers need to balance bereavement leave requests with other pressing leaving leave requests."

While the bill passed the Assembly today, it has yet to be signed into law. A similar bill was vetoed by Governor Schwarzenegger in 2010.