Saturday, June 28, 2014

California's Paid Family Leave Program Expands the Definition of a Family Member on July 1

This is from Nixon Peabody
On the tenth anniversary of California’s Paid Family Leave (“PFL”) insurance program, the program has been amended to expand the categories of family members for whom workers may take time off to provide care. Since 2004, the PFL program has provided up to six weeks of partial income replacement for employees who take time off work to care for a seriously ill child, spouse, parent or registered domestic partner, or to bond with a new child. On July 1, 2014, the program will expand to provide paid leave benefits for workers to care for
  • parents-in-law,
  • grandchildren,
  • grandparents and
  • siblings. ... 
In addition, San Francisco recently passed the Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance, which provides employees the right to ask for flexible or predictable working arrangements for their family caregiving responsibilities. The Ordinance also prohibits an employer from discharging, threatening to discharge, demoting, suspending or otherwise taking adverse employment action against any person on the basis of caregiver status. ...