Now entitled to Paid Family Leave, caregivers of siblings, grandparents, grandchildren and parents-in-law

Governor Brown signed SB 770 expanding California's Paid Family Leave (“PFL”) program to workers who need to care for seriously ill siblings, grandparents, grandchildren, and parents-in-law.

Currently, PFL allows workers to receive partial pay for 6 weeks while bonding with a new child or caring for a seriously ill parent, child, spouse or registered domestic partner. Siblings, grandparents, grandchildren, and parents-in-law were not previously included in the law’s narrow definition of family.  The PFL program is fully paid for by workers through payroll deductions, but many have been unable to access the benefit because of the limitations of the law’s previous definition of family.

These changes will take effect July 1, 2014, coinciding with the 10th anniversary of PFL’s implementation in California.

By Lisl Duncan | September 26, 2013

Legal Developments