The California Assembly has passed a bill that would expand California’s Paid Family Leave law to offer additional leave for employees who are required to take time off to care for aging or ailing grandparents, grandchildren, siblings, and in-laws.
The new bill keeps California in the lead in the nation as one of the most pro-employee states, providing benefits, social services, and protections to employees.
Paid Family Leave in California began in 2002, when disability compensation was extended to cover individuals who take time off of work to care for a seriously ill child, spouse, parent, or registered domestic partner, or to bond with a new child. Senate Bill 1661 established the Paid Family Leave insurance program, also known as Family Temporary Disability Insurance program, to be administered by the State Disability Insurance (SDI) program. An estimated 13 million California workers who are covered by the SDI program have also been covered for Paid Family Leave insurance benefits as of July 1, 2004.
For California workers covered by SDI, Paid Family Leave (PFL) insurance provides up to six weeks of benefits for individuals who must take time off to care for a seriously ill child, spouse, parent, or registered domestic partner, or to bond with a new child.
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