California Paid Family Leave Act Expanded

Sep 26, 2013 by

On Tuesday, Governor Brown signed  SB770, a bill which expands California’s Paid Family Leave Act to grant employees leave to care for extended family.  Currently, the PFLA allows employees to collect up to six weeks of disability insurance to care for a seriously ill child, parent, spouse or domestic partner or to bond with a  minor foster or adopted child.

The new law, effective July 1, 2014, expands PFLA to also allow such leave for the care of a seriously ill grandparent, grandchild, sibling or in-law.  According to the author of the bill, Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, the new law “more accurately reflects the broader range of caregiving responsibilities that families have in our state.”   The PFLA is subsidized by paycheck deductions taken for state unemployment insurance and pays an amount of up to 55% of the employee’s wages.

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