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California Law Increasing Paid Leave Benefits Signed by Newsom

Sept. 30, 2022, 6:11 PM

California’s paid family and medical leave benefits will expand under legislation Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law Friday in an effort to make the program affordable for low-income workers.

The measure (SB 951) will increase the benefits to 90% of weekly income for low-wage workers beginning in 2025. Other workers will receive 70% up to a cap, currently $1,539 weekly but adjusting each year based on average statewide wages.

Without the new law, California’s paid leave benefits would have reverted to a 55% income replacement for all workers, the lowest rate of any state-run paid leave program in ...