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If California's new governor can deliver on his proposal to offer 6 months of paid parental leave, it would be the most generous policy in the US

If California's new governor can deliver on his proposal to offer 6 months of paid parental leave, it would be the most generous policy in the US
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California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced this month he would make six months of paid parental leave, to be split between two parents, a priority for the state but has yet to determine a funding plan.




Aside from health benefits, research has found that paid parental leave benefits employees' careers.




The US remains the only developed country without a federal paid family leave policy, but large American companies have competed for talent by offering increasingly generous benefits.




This article is part of Business Insider's ongoing series on Better Capitalism.



California's new governor, Gavin Newsom, grabbed national headlines earlier this month when an unnamed staffer confirmed with the New York Times that Gov. Newsom's budget proposal would include a plan for six months of paid parental leave for all Californians.
The United States is the only developed country without a paid parental leave policy, and only six states and Washington, DC have a current or upcoming family leave policy that could be used either for a new child or a sick family member — those states are California (six), Washington (12 in 2021), New York (10, increasing to 12 in 2021), Massachusetts (12 in 2020), Rhode Island (four), and New Jersey (six).
Newsom's proposal, still in its nascent stage, will split those six months between two parents. Newsom's chief of staff, Ann O'Leary, told Calmatters on Wednesday that could mean two parents each take three months, or one takes four and the other two. That is, Newsom's proposal at this stage is for 12-16 weeks of paid parental leave for the primary caregiver, and 8-12 for the secondary caregiver.
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