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California Extends the Definition of “Family Member” Under the Paid Family Leave Law

Posted On: April 14, 2014

Recognizing the proliferation of multi-generation families, the Legislature recently enacted Senate Bill 770 to expand the definition of “family member” under California’s Paid Family Leave law (“PFL”). PFL is a part of the State Disability Insurance (“SDI”) program and provides up to six weeks of partial wage reimbursement to workers who must take time off work to care for a seriously ill family member or to bond with a new child. Currently, the PFL law defines family member as a seriously ill child, parent, spouse, or registered partner. Senate Bill 770 broadens the definition of family member to allow workers to care for seriously ill siblings, grandparents, grandchildren, and parents-in-law. These changes go into effect July 1, 2014 and, like all other PFL benefits, will be entirely worker-funded.

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