California's Paid Family Leave Program: Closing the Gaps in a Time of Growing Inequality

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Hearing Takes Critical Look at CA’s Paid Family Leave Program

SACRAMENTO – Please join Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) and State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) for a joint legislative informational hearing by the Assembly Select Committee on Women in the Workplace to examine the next steps California should take to improve its Paid Family Leave Program at a time of growing inequality.

WHEN: Wednesday, November 20 at 11 a.m.

WHERE: Capitol Room 3191


“Paid family leave is a hallmark workplace protection, but it isn’t realistic for many low- and middle-income workers,” said Assemblywoman Gonzalez, chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Women in the Workplace. “We must make sure California's working families aren't taking such a steep pay cut when they become new parents.” 

California passed the nation’s first Paid Family Leave Program in 2004. The program is entirely employee-funded and provides six weeks of partial wage replacement to care for a newborn or a seriously ill family member. In July 2020, the number of weeks of Paid Family Leave will increase from six weeks to eight weeks. Earlier this year, the Governor convened a task force to review policy options for strengthening the Paid Family Leave Program. The task force is expected to release its recommendations for the program next month.

“Although California enacted the nation’s first Paid Family Leave Program fifteen years ago, our work is still far from done in ensuring that all who pay into the program are able to access it to care for a newborn or a sick family member without losing their jobs or vital income,” said Jackson, chair of the Senate Select Committee on Women, Work and Families. “I am pleased that Governor Gavin Newsom has shown a strong commitment to strengthening this program, and look forward to identifying work that still needs to be done in the months ahead.”