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Governor Signs Bill Expanding Paid Family Leave

Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed legislation expanding the state’s paid family leave program, boosting the amount of money workers can receive when caring for sick family members or caring for newborn children.

Workers currently get 55 percent of their income for six weeks under the worker contribution-funded program. Starting in 2018, low-income workers will receive 70 percent of their salary, with higher paid employees getting 60 percent. The law will also eliminate a one-week waiting period for claims.

Only a handful of states offer paid family leave, including New York, Rhode Island and New Jersey. At the end of March, New York expanded its own program from six to 12 weeks.

Brown’s signature also comes on the heels of San Francisco’s move this month to require employers to provide six weeks of fully paid leave for new parents. Under the measure, employers must supplement the state program’s payments to reach employees’ full salary.

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