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Bill to expand California's Paid Family Leave Act Clears Committee

Max Pringle
 

Max Pringle

State disability paycheck deductions now cover a portion of the salaries of workers who take leave to care for an ailing parent, spouse or child for up to six weeks.

“This bill would add siblings, grandparents, grandchildren and parents-in-law,” says Sharon Terman with the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center, which co-sponsored the bill. “We think it’s a win-win for workers, families and employers.”

Terman says it would reduce financial hardship and improve employee morale, which would also help business

But small business owner and Democratic Assemblymember Jim Frazier say the bill could affect his bottom line.

“There is an impact. It will impact my ability to make money because that employee is gone,” says Frazier.

The bill now heads to the Assembly Appropriations committee.

Max Pringle

State Government Reporter

Max covers the state capital, bringing more than a decade of experience in print and public radio, including reporting for KPFA, KQED and KALW. He traces his news roots to working on his his high school newspaper.   Read Full Bio