California Paid Family Leave Expands Definition of Family Member


Effective July 1, 2014, California’s Paid Family Leave (PFL) law is expanding its definition of a family member to include grandparents, grandchildren, parent-in-laws and siblings. Previously an employee could only take time off of work to care for a seriously ill child, spouse, parent or registered domestic partner or to bond with a new child. PFL provides paid time off for employees in California to care for a family member with a serious health condition. PFL is part of the State Disability Insurance (SDI) program and allows most workers to receive up to a 55 percent wage replacement benefit for 6 weeks in a 12-month period. Employers should update their policies to incorporate the new categories of family members.

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