United States: California extends paid family leave benefits
The governor of California has approved a bill to extend the maximum duration of Paid Family Leave (PFL) benefits from six to eight weeks. According to the law, individuals may receive benefits from California’s state disability insurance (SDI) program for the following reasons:
- To care for a seriously ill child, spouse, parent, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, or domestic partner
- To bond with a minor child within one year of the birth, or placement of the child via foster care or adoption
The new bill also requires the government to assess and address further benefit increases, including job protections for individuals who receive PFL benefits.
The new provisions are set to take effect from 1 July 2020. Employers should begin reviewing their current procedures and practices with regards to parental leave and other paid benefits to ensure compliance with the new law.