20 Apr Taking Time Off in California & New York, Just Got Easier!
On Monday, 4/11, California expanded its Paid Family Leave program, when Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 908 into law.
Paid Family Leave (PFL) is a lifeline for families who need to take up to 6 weeks of time off work to bond with a new child or to care for a sick family member. California is one of 5 states that offer this option. (New Jersey offers 6 weeks and Rhode Island offers 4 weeks. Washington passed a law in 2007, but it has not gone into effect.
While California’s PFL program is a great resource for families, it has only paid 55% of your wages when you take time off work. Starting in 2018, it will increase from 55% to 70% for those making minimum wage and 60% for almost all other workers. Watch this video from the bill signing.
Other cities and states have been working to offer paid leave programs. Just this month:
- In San Francisco, the County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved full pay during family leave.
- In New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a family leave law that gives workers up to 12 weeks of paid family leave, twice as long as any other state. You can take time off to bond with a new child (including adopted or foster children), or to care for a gravely ill parent, child, spouse, domestic partner, or other family member.