California Governor Newsom Proposes 6 Months of Paid Parental Leave Featured

  10 January 2019

California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) has proposed six (6) months of paid parental leave for parents of newborns.

If passed, the legislation could become a demonstration project for paid parental leave laws across the country. According to The New York Times, Newsom's team intends to include a plan in the budget to give every California worker with a newborn child six months of paid parental leave. Currently, California law, pursuant to the paid family leave program, provides up to six (6) weeks of partial wage replacement for a newborn child, if the employee is entitled to parental leave pursuant to employer policy or by law, such as for “baby bonding” under the Family and Medical Leave Act/California Family Rights Act. A task force will be formed to address questions such as whether the paid family leave can be split between two parents, or whether it could also go to an extended family member who steps in to help (in the case of a single-parent home, for instance). The new level of paid family leave would also be phased in over several years. Read more here.