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Legislators have sent Gov. Jerry Brown a bill that would expand California's paid family leave program, allowing workers to take paid time off to care for a greater variety of family members.

Currently, California workers can take up to 6 weeks of paid family leave to care for a seriously ill parent, child, spouse or domestic partner. Senate Bill 770 would allow workers to take paid time off to care for grandparents, grandchildren, siblings and in-laws. The partial pay workers receive during the leave comes from deductions from employee paychecks.

The bill by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, passed the Senate on a 25-11 concurrence vote today, with Democrats in support and Republicans opposed.

PHOTO: Senate President Pro Temp Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento; Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara; and Sen. Norma Torres, D-Pomona, in the Senate chambers on May 20, 2013. The Sacramento Bee/Hector Amezcua



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