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06 Oct

October 2020: Paid Family Leave Expanded for Employees Who Are Participating in a Qualifying Exigency

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What happened?
On September 30, 2020, Governor Newsom signed and passed AB 2399, which extended the definitions for paid family leave.

What are the details?
AB 2399 will extend the definitions for paid family leave under Sections 3302 and 3307 of the Unemployment Insurance Code to include additional coverage for active military members and their families. The existing state paid family leave program provided wage replacement benefits to workers who take time off to care for a seriously ill family member or bond with a minor child within one year of birth or placement. Effective January 1, 2021, paid family leave will expand to now include a third category of covered time off for participation in a qualifying exigency related to the active duty or call to active duty of the individual’s spouse, domestic partner, child, or parent in the Armed Forces of the United States.

The full text of AB 2399 can be found here.

An article summarizing the bill can be found here.

What do employers need to do?
Employers with members of the military employed should train management on the new inclusion of military members and their family members in the paid family leave law.