- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The California Senate is advancing a bill that would expand job protections for those who qualify for paid family leave to care for relatives.

The legislation would ensure that workers who take paid leave to care for grandparents, grandchildren, siblings and in-laws have job security when they return.

Previously, care for these relatives qualified for paid leave but California law didn’t ensure they could retain their job.

The state Senate narrowly passed SB 406 by Democratic Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara on a 21-16 vote Thursday, with Republicans opposed.

It also would lower the threshold for small businesses to offer these protections, so it applies to companies with at least 25 employees rather than 50.

Business groups oppose the expansion and have designated the bill as a “job killer.”

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This story has been corrected to show that the bill would expand job protections for relatives who take paid family leave, not extend California’s paid family leave to other relatives.

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