A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld a ruling that blocked a California law that would have forced businesses to give paid leave to employees in the event of a medical emergency.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Sacramento upheld a lower court ruling that struck down a measure signed into law by Gov.
Jerry Brown that would require employers to provide at least six weeks of paid leave for every new job created.
The ruling was a blow to state and federal workers, who had hoped to see a change in state law that they say prevents employers from retaliating against employees for taking time off.
Under the measure, businesses could have up to six weeks off for a medical condition or accident.
It also would have allowed employees to opt out of a pay raise, if they so chose.
The California Labor Commissioner, who wrote the legislation, said the measure would have had an impact on a large number of employers.
California’s Labor Commissioner is the state’s top administrative official, and her office has defended the law as a way to help employees with their health issues and the state budget.