On April 11, 2016, Governor Brown signed AB 908 into law, creating amendments to the existing California Paid Family Leave (PFL) program. Effective January 1, 2018, this bill will increase the state benefits provided to individuals for PFL from the current level of 55 percent to either 60 or 70 percent, depending on the applicant’s income. As of January 1, 2018, this bill also removes the 7-day waiting period for these benefits. The amendments currently do not create any obligation on the part of the employer to compensate the employee, although that may be coming as well: San Francisco has already implemented employer-paid family leave benefits and this may become an issue in this next legislative session. During his press release regarding the amendments, Governor Brown stated, “Families should be able to afford time off to take care of a new child or a member of their family who becomes ill.” The bill can be found at: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB908.
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