Notwithstanding the challenges that the coronavirus pandemic has presented across the nation’s economy – from workers to small business owners to corporate executives, there are those – many of whom are in elected office – who just “can’t let a good crisis go to waste”! To that end, a proposal pending in the California Assembly (AB 2999) would mandate an employee be granted 10 days of unpaid bereavement leave for the death of a family member. The bill, which is still stuck in committee due to the COVID-19 crisis, would apply to all employers regardless of the number of workers and cover all employees as there are no accrual requirements presently. The leave also would not need to be taken consecutively, but must be completed within a three month period. For purposes of this legislation, family members are defined as a spouse, child, parent, sibling, grandparent, grandchild or domestic partner.