On April 11, 2016, Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill (AB) 908 which amends certain provisions of California’s Unemployment Insurance Code as it relates to the State’s Paid Family Leave (PFL) program.  Before explaining the amendments provided for under AB 908, I think it is important to clarify something that is too often misstated in the press.  Despite its name, California’s PFL program is not a statutory leave of absence program that guarantees paid family leave to employees in California.  Instead, it is a partial wage replacement benefit for eligible employees who are on some other authorized statutory or discretionary leave of absence from work.  As such, employees do not have the right to “take leave” under the PFL program.
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Administering leaves of absence and disability accommodations in California can be very challenging.  California has a new paid sick leave law and numerous other leave laws and wage replacement benefits that interact with one another.  To properly administer leaves and accommodate employees, employers need to understand the various types of leave/accommodations available,