Caregivers included in new program
Most California workers are now eligible to take up to six weeks a year of partially paid family leave through the State Disability Insurance Program (SDI).
The program, signed into law in 2002, is completely funded by employees, and affects family caregivers as well as new parents.
Employees participating in SDI (which includes most California workers, with the exception of some public employees) saw a slight increase in their SDI deductions beginning last January. This small increase ($27 per year on average) funds the first paid family leave law in the country. Beginning July 1, working Californians can take paid family leave to care for a seriously ill family member or to bond with a new child.
You will no longer have to choose between caring for a family member and a paycheck!
For more information, see 10 quick facts about California Paid Family Leave Law or go to http://www.paidfamilyleave.org/index.html or www.edd.ca.gov.
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