When serious illness or injury strikes, many Californians rely on family members for care. There are over 4 million caregivers of elderly, disabled or chronically ill family members in California. Caregivers of a seriously ill spouse, domestic partner, child or parent may be eligible for family leave. But for workers caring for family members outside these narrow categories – including siblings, grandparents, grandchildren, adult children and parents-in-law – providing care comes at an irreparable cost. When California workers care for a sister with cancer, an adult child injured in a car accident, or a mother-in-law suffering from Alzheimer's, they lose pay and risk job loss to care for their loved ones.
- Learn about SB 770 to extend Paid Family Leave to additional close family members.
Encourage your union or organization to write a support letter.
- Find out about SB 761. Use this sample letter to get your union or organization to endorse this bill to prevent retaliation against those who apply for Paid Family Leave benefits.
- Read about SB 252, the Healthy Babies-Working Parents Act, Write a letter of support.
- Learn more about the California’s Paid Family Leave program.