California Stories

  • Angela Shing

    Angela Shing

    "The expansion of Paid Family Leave to include siblings will be an important step forward for all Californians who must work and care for sick relatives." MORE »

  • Meet Nury Martinez

    Meet Nury Martinez

    “People shouldn’t have to choose between spending time with their newborn babies, caring for a family member or going to work to put food on the table. Having an income source during these critical times can provide peace of mind.” MORE »

  • Meet Bapa Rao

    Meet Bapa Rao

    "Thanks to California's Paid Family Leave program, I was able to take four weeks from work to care for my mother, secure in the knowledge that I wasn't abandoning my family responsibilities at home." MORE »

  • Meet Jennie Pasquarella

    Meet Jennie Pasquarella

    "It's especially important as a working woman to have these benefits, because without it, we have to make the difficult decision of either giving up our jobs, or leaving our very young children in the care of others." MORE »

  • Meet Larisa Casillas

    Meet Larisa Casillas

    "I live in the San Francisco Bay Area—an extremely expensive place to live—and it was really important for me to have that income so that I could spend time with my new baby without worrying about how I was going to make ends meet." MORE »

  • Meet Mary Ignatius

    Meet Mary Ignatius

    "Now that the hardest part of my youngest son's treatment is over and I am back at work, I can concentrate better and can do my work more effectively because I could take paid time off." MORE »

  • Meet Lisa Allen

    Meet Lisa Allen

    "Had I been able to take care of my grandmother in her last days, I would have felt more at peace and not felt like I abandoned my family during their time of need." MORE »