(SAN FRANCISCO) -- San Francisco is now the first city in the U.S. to approve six weeks of fully paid leave for new parents.
California workers already receive 55 percent of their pay during six weeks of parental leave, but the new law passed Tuesday mandates that employers in San Francisco give their employees full pay during that time.
"It's already hard without children to live in San Francisco and so if you have that extra pay, you can have a family and go back to work," Kim Turner, an attorney and mother, told ABC News affiliate KGO-TV.
The law will go into effect next year for companies with over 50 employees and in 2018 for companies with 20 or more workers.
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