California AB 575 would expand the paid family leave program to include those who take time off to bond with a minor child within a year of assuming responsibility for that child in loco parentis. It would eliminate the restriction that relates to another family member’s readiness, willingness, ability, and availability during the same period.
Existing state law authorizes the Employment Development Department to manage the disability insurance compensation program. This program includes family temporary disability benefits and paid family leave. Current laws require the department to develop a form for any employee who is taking leave to bond with a minor child within the first year of birth or placement through adoption or foster care.
Effective February 1, 2025, the bill would:
- Require the department to establish a form for an employee who takes leave to bond with a minor child within a year of the birth or placement or assumption of the individual’s responsibility for the child in loco parentis
- Prohibit the application of the restriction in relation to another family member being willing, ready, able, and available during the same period
- Expand the program to offer benefits to those who need them
- Prohibit an employer to require a worker to use vacation leave prior to receiving any benefits.
The legislation has moved on to the governor, who must sign or veto by October 14, 2023. We will update as additional information becomes available.
This article is informational and does not constitute legal or financial advice. Consult with an employment lawyer or accountant for additional clarification on how these changes impact your company.