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  • Senate Bill 135 could expand family and medical leave protections to many more California employees

    son and father enjoying family leave

    On January 15, 2019, Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson of California’s 19th District introduced Senate Bill 135 (“SB 135”). The bill seeks to significantly expand California workers’ access to job-protected, paid family and medical leave by extending coverage under the California Family Rights Act and California’s Paid Family Leave program. The legislation follows Governor Gavin Newsom’s recent announcement that he is committed to expanding paid family leave.

    Senator Jackson introduced SB 135 with four main goals:

    1. Ensuring that all workers have job protection when they take paid family leave.
    2. Extending the time period workers can take paid family leave to care for an ill family member and so that every newborn can be cared for by a parent or close family member for their first six months of life.
    3. Expanding and harmonizing the definition of family member in our family leave laws to reflect the realities of today’s working families.
    4. Increasing the wage replacement amount to ensure families can afford to take leave.


    To understand the potential impact of SB 135, it is helpful to start with an overview of California’s existing family and medical leave laws.

    The Pregnancy Disability Leave Law (“PDLL”) allows employees to take up to four months of unpaid, job-protected leave for pregnancy, childbirth, or related conditions. The law covers all employees at companies with five or more employees; employees are covered from their first. . .

  • John L. SchwabMizrahi Law is pleased to announce that John L. Schwab has joined the firm as an associate attorney.

    Recognized as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers in 2018 and 2019, John has experience litigating cases from inception through jury trial.

    Prior to joining Mizrahi Law, John completed a prestigious fellowship at a nationally-renowned trial law firm in Los Angeles. He also worked at a boutique plaintiff-side law firm in San Francisco. While in law school, John was named “Law Student of the Year” by the Consumer Attorneys of California.

    John works exclusively on behalf of employees in cases involving discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination. He serves on the editorial board for the California Labor & Employment Law Review—the official publication of the California Lawyers Association Labor and Employment Law Section—and is an active member of the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA).

    His bio can be found here.