California Senate passes bill expanding family medical leave

Jun 4, 2015 2:57 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The California Senate is advancing a bill that would expand the number of people who qualify for paid family leave to care for relatives.

The legislation would allow California workers to take unpaid leave to care for grandparents, siblings, parents-in-law and domestic partners.

Previously, family and medical leave applied only to those caring for parents, spouses and children.

The state Senate narrowly passed SB406 by Democratic Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara on a 21-16 vote Thursday, with Republicans opposed.

It also would lower the threshold for small businesses to offer the leave, so it applies to those with at least 25 employees rather than 50.

Business groups oppose the expansion and the California Chamber of Commerce has designated it as a "job killer."

SB406 now goes to the Assembly.

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