The state level push to add, and in some cases expand existing, paid sick and family leave benefits for workers continued over the past few weeks with California expanding its already-generous family leave law and Rhode Island legislators approving up to 5 sick days leave on an annual basis. California lawmakers sent Governor Jerry Brown a bill last week that grants employees caring for a newborn up to 12 weeks leave without fear of reprisal from employers with between 20 and 49 employees. The 12 week leave protection already applied to companies with 50 or more employees. A similar bill was vetoed in 2016 by Brown who favored including a mediation approach for smaller companies, a provision included in the current version on his desk. Rhode Island legislators sent Governor Gina Raimondo a bill mandating at least 3 sick days next year, 4 days in 2019 and requires employers to provide five days of paid sick leave for all employees beginning in 2020. The Rhode Island legislation, which the Governor is expected to sign, applies to all employers with 18 or more workers but exempts seasonal employers. It was a win and a loss for opponents of a new mandatory paid sick leave law in the city of Minneapolis. The state Appeals Court rejected a challenge brought by the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce against the law which affects companies with at least 6 employees, but left in place a temporary injunction against that part of the law that would have applied to companies not based in the city of Minneapolis. The Chamber has another challenge moving forward which is unaffected by this ruling.