Amendments to California Paid Sick Leave and California Family Rights Act 

Posted by Catherine Chukwueke | Jan 17, 2023

On September 29, 2022, Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB 1041 , which amends California's Paid Sick Leave (“PLS”) and California Family Rights Act (“CFRA”). AB 1041 became effective on January 1, 2023. 

AB 1041 allows employees to use their time to care for the medical needs of a “designated person” and expands the class of people that an employee can identify as a “designated person.” 

Under AB 1041, CFRA revised the definition of “designated person” to include “any individual related by blood or whose association with the employee is the equivalent of a family relationship.” AB 1041 also authorizes a designated person to be identified at the time the employee requests the leave. Under PSL, “designated person” means a person identified by the employee at the time the employee requests paid sick days.”

Under PLS and CFRA, employees are limited to one “designated person” each 12-month period. The 12-month period begins on the first date the employee takes time off to care for the designated person. 

CFRA and PSL previously allowed eligible employees to use their 12 weeks of unpaid leave to care for a spouse, domestic partner, child, grandchild, parent, grandparent, or sibling. 

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