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California boosts pay for workers taking family medical leave

Employee-funded program goes into effect in 2018

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed a bill that will boost the pay workers are eligible to receive when they take time off to bond with a new baby or to care for a sick loved one.

Workers who take family medical leave are eligible to receive 55 percent of lost wages for up to six weeks. Under the bill, that amount will increase to 60 percent of prior wages for higher paid workers, and up to 70 percent for those at the lower end of the pay scale.

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