Jerry Brown, governor of California, delivers the State of the State address before a joint session of the legislature at the State Capitol in Sacramento, California, U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016.
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By Sarah Begley
April 11, 2016

Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law a bill that will increase family leave pay for workers in the state.

California is one of only four states with paid family leave legislation on the books, the Washington Post reports. Previously, the state guaranteed six weeks of paid leave for employees to care for a new child or a sick family member at a rate of 55% of their wages. The new law will raise that rate to 60% for all workers by 2018, and to 70% for a newly designated group of low-income workers.

The news comes two weeks after Brown struck a deal with the state’s unions to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour.

[Washington Post]

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