Family Caregiver Alliance
Lauds SB1661 Passage
SAN FRANCISCO—8/28/02—Family Caregiver Alliance lauds Assembly passage of SB 1661, California's Paid Family Leave and Medical Leave Insurance Act introduced by State Senator Sheila Kuehl, and urges Governor Davis to sign the measure into law. The bill allows employees a maximum of six weeks paid leave to attend to the needs of children, spouses or elderly relatives facing debilitating conditions or requiring other care.
Before the bill is sent on to the Governor for signature or veto, the Senate must review and approve the assembly's amendments to it.
"This is a step toward helping our clients balance their caregiving and work responsibilities," said Kathleen Kelly, Family Caregiver Alliance's Executive Director. "It allows families to take partially paid time off to provide care for loved ones who may be ill or otherwise unable to care for themselves. The bill acknowledges the critical role that families play in long-term care."
FCA assists families who are caring for adults affected by chronic or disabling conditions such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, stroke and other disorders.
Founded in 1977, Family Caregiver Alliance supports and assists caregivers through education, research, services and advocacy. FCA is the lead agency in California's statewide system of Caregiver Resource Centers serving families and caregivers, offering information, education, publications, care planning, legal/financial consultations and respite assistance. Through its National Center on Caregiving, FCA works to advance the development of caregiver support programs in every state in the country. For more information about Family Caregiver Alliance, see www.caregiver.org.
NOTE: For inquiries about SB 1661, contact Greer McVay, Coordinator, State Coalition, Labor Project for Working Families, (510) 643-5863, or [email protected]
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