San Francisco is ushering in a new era for parents, as the city on Tuesday became the first to pass a law mandating six weeks of fully paid parental leave. The law covers mothers, fathers, adoptive parents and same-sex couples.
The landmark measure comes as an upgrade to an existing California law that gave six weeks of parental leave at 55 percent of pay, which was covered by a state disability fund. Employers with 50 or more workers will now be required to cover the remaining 45 percent under the law, which goes into effect in January 2017. The following year, the requirement will extend to companies with 20 or more employees.
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