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San Francisco Leaders Mull Making Family Leave More Affordable for New Parents

San Francisco is looking at making family leave more affordable for new mothers and fathers.

City supervisors are slated to vote Tuesday on whether to require private employers to pay 45 percent of workers' salary during their six-week family leave.

Combined with existing state leave pay, San Francisco's measure would keep local parents from taking a pay cut while they are home with a new child. Supervisor Scott Wiener is backing the proposal, which would apply to businesses with 20 or more workers.

Supporters say the measure would help lower-income parents stay home to nurse and bond with their new babies.

Some small business groups in the city say the fully-paid family leave would be too expensive for employers, and are opposing it.

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