New Legislation Aims To Give Parents Paid Time Off To Spend With Kids

Want To Be Paid To Attend School-Related Activities For Your Kids? Yes Please

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Finding a good a balance between being present and available for your kids and providing for them is one of the greatest challenges faced by working parents’ in today’s society. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, Department of Labor, estimated in 2009 that 90.7% of families with children under the age of 18 have at least one employed parent, and 62.2% of married couple families with children have two employed parents.

New legislation in California is hoping to give working parents paid time to attend school-related activities. This new proposed legislation would revise an existing law, the Family-School and Partnerships Act, which allows employees in California to take up to five days leave for school activities each year without losing their jobs.. The proposed addition would require employers to pay on three of those five days. The current law does not pay parents for this time.

The new bill would require businesses with more than 25 employees to give parents three paid days, or 24 hours off a year, allowing parents to play a more active role in their children's school life without sacrificing income.

"Studies show that this greatly improves your child's educational chances in life," said state assemblyman Mike Gatto, who introduced the legislation. "And it's really critical that we give parents this opportunity to do it without forcing them to make the tough decision between paying the bills and being involved."

Many parents cannot afford to take time off from work to go to school concerts, meet with a teachers, attend field trips or other daytime school-related activities. Being involved in your child's education shouldn't be limited because you are losing income. It is important for parents to know what is going on in school, in all areas, such as academics, social-emotional issues and the day-to-day routine.

Children whose parents communicate more with teachers may feel more excited and engaged in school and may also have less disciplinary issues than those whose parents are not at all involved.

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