On July 1st, San DIegans, like other Californians, got the opportunity to take paid time off work to care for a seriously ill member of their extended family.
Workers out west depend on Paid Family Leave to take home an income while caring for family close enough to stay in family spending plans for life. For up to six weeks. The California work insurance doe snot make a decision to give up on caring for a grandparent necessary.
Extended Family Care
Working family members in two earner couples, and working single parents, do not lose an opportunity to care for an extended family member when a decision to take time off paid work is not practical. Employees of California companies started taking Paid Family Leave to care for seriously ill parents-in-law, gradparents, grandchildren, and siblings on July 1st in 2014.
A Senate Bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2013 added the extended family members to the wage insurance coverage, in 2014, ten years after California employees first used Paid Family LEave in 2004.
Time not working a Californian can use to take care of seriously ill relatives in their extended family often adds up to too few hours in a day, or, in a week. Working parents can least afford to walk out the work door to care for a sibling.
According to the authors of the 2013 bill, "the need for temporary disability benefitss intensified as the participation of both parents in teh workforce has increased, and the number of single parents in the workforce has grown." Paid Family Leave ended the California years working parents ruined family finances to take time off work to keep time at work and time with extended family in balance.
Extended Financial Insurance
The Paid Family Leave Californians count on is part of the State Disability Insurance program, or SDI. Starting July 1st, 2014, the Employment Development Department added money collected from employees in the 1 percent SDI payroll tax to the Paid Family Leave program. Employees now pay more of their SDI tax to financially insure workers for the times they need to take time off work to care for an extended family member, and pay their life expenses with their finances in balance.
Wage Replacement Covvers Extended Family Care
Paid Family LEave replaces wages to keep a worker's income at a steady level. Workers can lower, or get rid of, the risk of having to recover financially after caring for an ill extended family member. The insurance replaces 55 percent of wages paid during regular work. Both full time and part time workers can take paid family leave. Hours worked during leave can keep an income close to, or the same as, the income earned during regular work.
Sick leave benefits count for wages, and, add to the Paid Family LEave income until a worker returns to work. Back pay and bereavement pay also count as wages. Total wages and benefits during leave can add up to the regular income amount, and no more.
Workers taking both Paid Family Leave and Disability Insurance bbenefits can depend on up to their full regular income.
In San Diego, California, employees can plan on taking time to care for family illness. The City of San Diego keeps its city employees' incomes steady during leave. Its Living Wage Ordinance guarantees city employees can take up to 10 compensated sick leave days off a year. The employees working in a city that made the federal Family and Medical Leave policy a sample policy can depend on taking time off work to care for family.
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