The nine bills signed by Brown on Thursday outside of a resource center for homeless and low-income women are aimed at improving the lives of California women and families and are backed by the 26-member legislative Women's Caucus.
California will extend workplace protections to 2.7 million more people, who now will be able to take 12 weeks of parental leave without fear of losing their job.
SB63 by state Sen. SB 63 will take effect January 1.
One bill requires small businesses employing between 20 and 49 people to offer 12 weeks of unpaid maternity and paternity leave to employees, giving new parents assurance they can stay home with their children without being fired.
"This is a great victory for working parents and children in California, and I am grateful to the governor for signing this bill into law", said Jackson.
Several other bills focus on health and wellness. The workers already pay into the state's family leave program, but often have a hard time accessing it because they feared losing their jobs if they took the time off.
In response to these concerns, SB 63 includes a two-year pilot program within the Department of Fair Employment and Housing to allow employers and employees to mediate disputes under this new parental leave program prior to the filing of litigation.
"We know that when a mother spends those critical first 12 weeks with their newborns, it reduces postpartum depression by a third", Jackson said.
Jackson represents the 19th Senate District, which includes all of Santa Barbara County and western Ventura County.