*Staff Writer, The Christian Science Monitor
This week, California became the first state in the union to provide a paid family leave program. Through a new payroll tax, workers in companies of any size can now take up to six weeks off to care for a newborn, a newly adopted child or a sick family member. The new law will allow employees to receive 55 percent of their wages during their absence, up to $728 per week. Other states are considering similar bills. The Christian Science Monitor's Mark Sappenfield has been following the California bill and joins Neal Conan to discuss the precedent it sets.