California’s SB 951: Providing Paid Family Leave for Working Women and Families
We need to protect our families and invest in the future of our children by improving Paid Family Leave. Additionally, better Paid Family Leave policies will be instrumental to the economic recovery of all Californians. The California Governor’s Paid Family Leave Task Force recently released recommendations that align with our campaign principles and reinforce the need to improve the program. The Task Force suggests a longer term, step-by-step plan with a phased approach which includes:
- Increasing wage replacement from 60 percent or 70 percent to 90 percent for workers with low-wages
Let’s work together to create a Paid Family Leave program that serves all Californians.
While many agree Paid Family Leave is a developmental imperative, only half of eligible mothers and one-quarter of eligible fathers use Paid Family Leave. Low payments are the primary reason California families are missing out on benefits they pay for. With workers only being paid 60 percent or 70 percent of what they usually earn during leave, it can be hard for many families to cover basic monthly bills.
What is Paid Family Leave?
Paid Family Leave is an employee-funded insurance program that gives Californians financial support when they need to take time off work to care for a new child or a family member facing a serious illness, such as COVID-19. Paid Family Leave was created in 2004 to acknowledge that bonding time with a parent gives a newborn baby their best chance at good health and future success. Similarly, State Disability Insurance is an employee-funded insurance program that allows California workers to receive financial support when they need time off due to their own serious health condition. These programs provide a safety net for working families, especially in times of crisis, by providing workers with 60 or 70% of their normal wages up to a maximum number of weeks.
The insurance program was created in 2004 to acknowledge that bonding time with a parent gives a newborn baby their best chance at good health and future success. Benefits of the program include 60 or 70 percent of normal weekly wages for up to eight weeks.
- SB 951 Social Media Toolkit
- SB 951 Fact Sheet (343kb PDF)
- Paid Family Leave Payments Don’t Add Up for California Workers — California Budget and Policy Center
- Paid Family Leave and State Disability Insurance Benefits Are Insufficient — California Budget and Policy Center
- Leave Experiences of Low-Wage Workers — U.S. Department of Labor, 2020 (PDF)