State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) has introduced a bill that would give workers 100 percent of their pay when on family leave. The bill passed the California State Assembly on Thursday, May 24, with a vote of 66-7. It will be voted on next in the Senate.
The Paid Family Leave Bill, AB 196, currently allows employees to receive six weeks of partial pay, up to $1,252 per week, to care for a new baby or very sick family member. The bill allows for 60 percent of base wages for those above poverty level, and 70 percent for those below.
Gonzalez aims to help low-income workers with the AB 196 bill, but critics say the results would be costly, adding up to hundreds of millions of dollars. The Assembly Appropriations Committee estimates the increase in funds to be around $350 million in 2020 and $850 million in 2024.
Follow the AB 196 bill’s progress here.
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