SB 1123 allows spouses of US Armed Forces members to collect California’s Paid Family Leave (PFL) benefits during time off for military-related activities.

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Among California’s newly signed employment laws is SB 1123, which allows immediate family of US Armed Forces members to collect California’s Paid Family Leave (PFL) benefits during time off for military-related activities. The states of New York and Washington currently offer similar programs.

The new law extends to spouses, domestic partners, children and parents of  “covered active duty members” deployed in a foreign country. Examples of qualifying exigencies covered under the paid family leave include spending time with the service member during leave, military ceremonies and briefings, and meetings related to financial/legal/childcare arrangements.

Up to 12 weeks of protected leave is available for qualifying activities under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The law goes into effect on January 1, 2021. 

To see the text of Senate Bill 1123, please click here: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB1123

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