SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation expanding California's Paid Family Leave Program to include workers who take time off to care for seriously ill grandparents, grandchildren, siblings and in-laws.
The California Paid Family Leave Program allows eligible employees to take up to six weeks of partially paid leave from their jobs each year. It is funded by employee payroll deductions.
The only workers who currently qualify for the program, however, are those taking time off to care for a child, spouse or registered domestic partner.
State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, who introduced SB 770, says the expansion more accurately reflects the broad range of people who have caregiving responsibilities.
With Brown's signature on Tuesday, the bill will become law on July 1, 2014.
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