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Calif. Residents Largely Unaware of State Paid Leave Law, Survey Finds

Calif. Residents Largely Unaware of State Paid Leave Law, Survey Finds

November 18, 2011 — The majority of California residents are unaware of a state law that allows many workers to take paid time off of work to care for a new child or a sick relative, according to a survey conducted by the California Field Poll, the Los Angeles Times' "L.A. Now" reports.

The poll found that 43% of respondents were aware of the California Paid Family Leave Act, which has been in effect for almost 10 years and allows more than 13 million state residents to take six weeks of leave at 55% of their pay. Compared with other counties, Los Angeles County residents had the lowest awareness of the law, with fewer than one-third of L.A. County residents aware of the law. Blacks and Latinos were less likely than whites and Asians to know about the law (Gorman, "L.A. Now," Los Angeles Times, 11/16).