That Newsom proposal for six-month paid family leave? It’s bold—but less so than it seems

Californians who like the idea of getting more paid time off work to care for a new baby may find good news and bad news in the details of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed budget.

The bad news: The proposal is not quite as generous as it initially seemed. It doesn’t call for each worker to get six months of paid leave, as early news coverage implied. Instead, it calls for each baby to get up to six months of care from a family member, dividing the time between two adults each taking a paid leave of two to four months.

The good news: That’s still more than the six weeks of partially-paid family leave most workers get under current state law. And as a more modest increase, the plan may be more likely to win approval.

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