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(Los Angeles Times) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday will sign a bill expanding California’s pioneering family-leave law to help more low-income workers and provide better benefits.
The action comes 15 years after California became the first state in the nation to guarantee workers paid time off to care for a new child or ailing family member.
California's program provides workers — men or women — with 55% of their wages for up to six weeks.
The measure Brown is signing Monday afternoon will allow people earning close to minimum wage to be paid 70% of their salary while on leave, while workers with higher pay, up to $108,000 annually, will get 60% of their salary during leave. The change takes effect in 2018. It comes one week after California raised its minimum wage to $15 by 2022.
San Francisco last week approved the best benefits in the country, mandating that businesses give new mothers and fathers six weeks of fully paid time off.
The bill was supported by a broad cross-section of business and labor groups, as well as Attorney General Kamala Harris, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Jenya Cassidy, director of the California Work & Family Coalition.
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