On April 11, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that would increase pay for workers that are eligible to take time off to take care of a new baby or care for a sick loved one.
The new Paid Family Leave Program will go into effect in 2018 and in an interesting turn of events, was not met with any opposition from businesses groups. Workers on family leave are eligible to receive 55 percent of lost wages for up to six weeks, as reported by Nation’s Restaurant News
. That amount will jump to 60 percent for wages of higher paid workers, and 70 percent for those at the lower end of the pay scale. Funding will be coming from employee payroll deductions.
California assembly member Jimmy Gomez said he authored the bill because minimum wage workers could lose nearly half of their pay if they went on a family leave.
“For many workers, California’s current Paid Family Leave Program is simply an illusion,” Gomez said in a statement. “It is unrealistic to expect a worker who is already living paycheck to paycheck on 100 percent of their salary to use a program for six weeks at nearly half of their wages. That’s why I authored AB 908, to fix this inequity and ensure all who pay into this vital program can afford to use it, regardless of their income.”