• California Clarifies New Medical Leave Law
  • August 12, 2003
  • Law Firm: Duane Morris LLP - Philadelphia Office
  • Employers with employees in California should be aware of a new law that will provide employees with paid family and medical leave beginning in 2004. This is the result of Senate Bill 1661, sponsored by Senator Sheila J. Kuehl, and signed into law on September 23, 2002 by Governor Gray Davis. In signing the bill into law, Governor Davis views the new legislation as a means to "help millions of California workers meet their responsibilities to both their families and their employers." The new law will be referred to as the Family Temporary Disability Insurance Program (FTDI). While employers see the bill as a "job killer" that could "reduce productivity and induce businesses to leave the state," labor groups have reached the opposite conclusion.