Gov. Brown signs series of bills to assist women, families

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Thống Đốc Jerry Brown. (Hình: AP Photo/Eric Risberg, file)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (NV) – California women, families and children will see expanded rights or services under a group of bills signed Thursday by Gov. Jerry Brown.

The bills, supported by the California Legislative Women’s Caucus, allow for the following:

  • New parents who work in businesses with a minimum of 20 employees are eligible to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid maternity or paternity leave. Previously, that benefit was available only to employees of companies with 50-plus employees.
  • The expansion of the crime of extortion to include demands for sexual activity and the distribution of photos that are sexual in nature on the internet.
  • A requirement for public schools with a high population of low-income students to make feminine hygiene products available at no charge to girls in grades six through 12.
  • Employers can no longer ask for salary history information from applicants. Additionally, employers are required to provide the pay scale for the position applied.
  • Parents enrolled in English as a Second Language or high school equivalency courses can receive subsidized child care.
  • An allowance of $30 per month for low-income mothers to buy diapers for children under age 3.
  • CalWORKS homeless benefits will be available to victims of domestic violence.
  • Evidence from unsolved sexual assault cases, such as rape kits, must be kept for at least 20 years.
  • Women must receive information about gene mutations relating to breast cancer.

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