On June 27, 2019, Governor Newsom signed into law Senate Bill No. 83, extending the duration of Paid Family Leave. Paid Family Leave is a benefit that provides partial pay to employees who need to take time off from work to care for a seriously ill family member (child, parent-in-law, grandparent, child, sibling, spouse, or registered domestic partner) or to bond with a new child entering the family through birth, adoption, or foster care placement. Normally, Paid Family Leave is available to employees who contribute into State Disability Insurance. Currently, it is estimated that Paid Family Leave is available to more than 18 million California workers.
Originally, employees could claim up to 6 weeks of Paid Family Leave during any twelve-month period. However, as of July 1, 2020, workers will now be allowed to claim up to 8 weeks of Paid Family Leave during any twelve-month period. Moreover, Senate Bill No. 83 established a task force to create a proposal to increase Paid Family Leave to a full six-month period by 2021-2022. The Office of the Governor will present the task force’s findings and observations to Legislature by November 2019.
For more information on this new law, how someone qualifies for Paid Family Leave, or how Paid Family Leave interacts with other leave laws, contact the employment attorneys at Chauvel & Glatt.
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