Governor Signs Medina Bill to Support Parental Rights of Part-Time Community College Faculty

Monday, October 1, 2018

SACRAMENTO— Today, Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) announced that Governor Brown has signed his bill, AB 2012, which ensures that part-time community college faculty have the same parental leave rights as full-time faculty.

Currently community college faculty can use their sick leave for the purpose of parental leave for up to 12 workweeks, but part-time faculty members who work in differential pay districts are unfairly overlooked. Without AB 2012, part-time faculty members who exhaust their sick leave would receive no pay due to the substitute cost being the same as their current salary.  As such, part-time faculty who exhaust their sick leave while on parental leave would not qualify for differential pay. 

AB 2012 closes this loophole to make sure part-time faculty who work in differential pay districts receive no less than 50 percent of their regular salary for the remaining portion of the 12 workweek period of parental leave.

“I want to thank the Governor for recognizing the need to ensure part-time community college faculty members are given the same parental leave rights as full-time faculty,” said Assemblymember Jose Medina. “A child’s health and well-being are especially dependent on early-bonding with a consistent caregiver, and this bond is a crucial point of healthy long-term social, emotional, and cognitive development. The passage of AB 2012 supports faculty who wish to spend this critical time welcoming their new children during their earliest stages of life.”

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