Expanding Equal Pay and Economic Opportunity Statewide
California has two new laws helping residents move up the economic ladder. Assembly Bill 273 expands child care access for low-income adult education students and Assembly Bill 168 promotes equal pay by banning salary history requests. Low-income parents can now use subsidized child care while attending English as a second language (ESL) and General Education Development (GED) classes, which improve their access to economic opportunities. Additionally, California employers may no longer require applicants to reveal their salary histories, a practice that can exacerbate income disparities. Removing these obstacles to economic mobility will help give every San Mateo County resident the chance to be as healthy as possible.