Last week, a bill requiring paid sick leave for California workers was approved by a state Assembly committee, and is now going to the Assembly Judiciary Committee.
Assemblywoman Fiona Ma's bill would enable workers to qualify for up to nine days of paid sick leave a year. If you want to comment in support of the bill, AB2716, visit this page on the state Assembly's website.
This bill is not dissimilar to the federal Healthy Families Act, which stalled in committee in 2005. Recently, however, the National Partnership for Women & Families and the Healthy Families Act Coalition have tried to revive it.