Work & Family Policy Database
Subject: Small Necessities Leave, Job-Protected Leave
Bill: S.B. 562/H.B. 745
Sponsor: Tokuda (D)/Ohno (D)
Senate Bill Introduced: 01/18/2013
House Bill Introduced: 01/22/2013
Referred to Senate Committees on Education, Judiciary & Labor and Ways & Means: 01/22/2013
Passed Senate Committee on Education with amendment: 02/01/2012
Referred to House Committees on Labor & Public Employment, Education and Finance: 02/04/2013
Passed Senate Committee on Judiciary & Labor with amendment: 02/05/2013
Referred to Senate Committee on Ways & Means: 02/12/2013
As introduced, the bill would expand Hawaii's family leave law to require that workers receive an unspecified number of hours of leave annually in order to participate in their child's, grandchild's or ward's school activities. Workers must use their existing vacation, sick leave, personal leave or other compensatory time off, or take leave without pay. It also prohibited employers from discriminating against a worker for taking time off to participate in family school activities.
The Senate Committees stripped the measure of the requirement that workers be guaranteed time off and substituted language to require the Legislative Reference Bureau to conduct a study on family school leave that examines the potential impact of requiring employers to allow parents to take leave to participate in their children's school activities and submit a report to the legislature.
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