|Governor’s Veto Message|
|To the Members of the California State Assembly:
I am returning Assembly Bill 372 without my signature.
This bill would allow a state agency to adopt an Infant at Work pilot program, and adopt the necessary regulations that would permit an employee, who is a new parent or caregiver to an infant, the option to bring their infant to the workplace.
I recognize the value of this program, which is in line with my commitment to strengthening parent and caregiver bonding during the earliest months of a child’s life. As such, an Infant at Work program might be worth exploring, but the bill as written exposes the state to a high level of risk of lawsuits and should be handled administratively or through collective bargaining. Moreover, the timeline stipulated does not provide adequate time to establish a policy and regulations for a program of this magnitude.
Therefore, I am directing CalHR to develop a pilot program to implement this concept in a thoughtful manner.