Governor Signs Jackson’s Paid Family Leave Bill

Definition of Family Extended to Grandparents, Siblings, and In-laws

Friday, September 27, 2013
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Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill Tuesday authored by State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson that will expand the definition of family in the state’s existing Paid Family Leave Program.

As the law stands — the new provision will kick in July 1, 2014 — employers are required to award their workers partial pay when taking time off to care for a sick spouse, registered domestic partner, child, or parent. Jackson’s addition, SB 770, will see that family members such as grandparents, grandchildren, siblings, and in-laws are also included.

In 2002, California became the first state to institute a paid family leave program and ranks as the state with the second-highest percentage of multi-generational households. The program covers up to six weeks of such leave per year and is paid for by employee payroll deductions. Jackson’s bill, her office said, will not add any extra costs.

“I’m very excited that the governor has signed this important bill into law,” Jackson said in statement. “Our state’s Paid Family Leave Program will now more accurately reflect the broader range of caregiving responsibilities that families have in our state.”


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Ahhh, Hannah Beth, the queen of giveaway. How about second cousins? Neighbors and friends? The more folks that are added, the more it hurts small businesses by having employees out for a longer time.

fredb93117 (anonymous profile)
September 27, 2013 at 10:02 p.m. (Suggest removal)

This retread politician who jumps from office to office is just another example of a liberal who gives away the farm to everyone who wants a handout. Sure it doesn't hurt her and doesn't add costs. IT"S NOT HER MONEY!!!! Thanks lib's for the ever increasing bills and taxes for the sake of a vote.......

Priceless (anonymous profile)
September 28, 2013 at 8 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I'm really proud of our senator who cares deeply for those compassionate and loyal family members who choose unselfishly to care for those loved ones that need their help. My hat is off to you, Hannah Beth!!

anna (anonymous profile)
September 30, 2013 at 7:07 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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