More Time For Paid Family Leave Is Now Available For State Employees

Lozano Smith Client News Brief
September 2019
Number 39

Governor Gavin Newsom recently signed Senate Bill (SB) 83. SB 83 affects employees who are eligible for and pay into State Disability Insurance (SDI). SDI allows employees to receive income replacement for up to six weeks while disabled and off work. SB 83 extends the wage replacement benefits under SDI from six weeks to eight weeks effective July 1, 2020. In addition, SB 83 expands the uses for California's SDI to include:

  • care for a seriously ill child, spouse, parents, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, or domestic partner; or

  • bond with a minor child within one year of the birth or placement of the child through foster care or adoption.

SB 83 further requires the Governor, by November 2019, following recommendations from a task force, to present a plan to the legislature for the further expansion of paid family leave from six weeks to six months for parents to care for and bond with their newborn or newly adopted child.

Public agency employers with employees who pay into SDI should review existing leave benefits and policies and be prepared for the increase in benefits, including the increase starting July 2020, and the potential increase by 2022 pending the Governor's November 2019 proposal.

For further information regarding SB 83, paid family leave, or employment issues in general, please contact the authors of this Client News Brief or an attorney at one of our eight offices located statewide. You can also subscribe to our podcast, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn or download our mobile app.
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