Definition of “Family” Expanded for Exercise of Paid Family Leave Benefits

On September 24, 2013, Governor Brown signed SB 770 into law. This bill expands the family temporary disability insurance program; more commonly known as Paid Family Leave (PFL). Currently, under the PFL laws, an eligible employee who takes time off work to care for a seriously ill child, spouse, parent or domestic partner, or to bond with a minor child within one year of the birth or placement of the child in connection with foster care or adoption, is provided with up to 6 weeks of wage replacement benefits paid by the State of California. SB 770 amends the current PFL laws to add the following additional covered categories of “family” – grandparent, grandchild, sibling and parent-in-law.

Employers would be wise to review and update their PFL policies in order to ensure compliance with SB 770. For questions about SB 770 or any other employment law issue, please contact any of our employment attorneys at LightGabler.