New law expands parental leave for all faculty
AB 2393, which took effect Jan. 1, greatly expands the rights of all college faculty to take parental leave. The bill was sponsored by Assembly Member Nora Campos (D-San Jose) and gives community college full- and part-time faculty and classified staff the right to take up to 12 weeks of partially paid parental leave.
The bill provides paid leave to both mothers and fathers, and to parents who adopt or provide foster care. After sick leave has been used, community college faculty will receive differential pay for up to 12 weeks, the specific amount of which can be negotiated between your local union and the district. Check your local Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) or contact your local union leadership to determine the differential pay rate in your district.
The changes required by AB 2393 are now being negotiated in CCA collective bargaining agreements.
“CCA advocated for expanded family leave for part-time faculty,” said CCA President Lynette Nyaggah. “Faculty should not have to choose between taking care of their children and having enough money to pay their bills.”
The new law adds child bonding leave for K-14 employees, including part-time faculty, by removing a requirement from the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) that employees must work 1,250 hours during the preceding 12 months to qualify for the parental leave. A faculty member must have been employed for at least 12 months prior to taking the leave.
The leave doesn’t have to be taken in one continuous period, but there are limitations. CCA members should check with their local chapter leaders and CCA staff for clarification.
While on leave, faculty are entitled to receive health benefits, and must pay regular contributions during the leave. Districts are to notify faculty of this requirement.
A similar bill, AB 375, was passed last year for certificated K-12 employees, including teachers, school psychologists, nurses and speech therapists.