Discover Your Paid Family Leave Options
Many California residents are unaware that they have paid family leave
options. Instead, they believe they must choose between important family
matters and keeping their jobs so they can provide for their families.
However, in 2002, the State of California became the first state to create
the Paid Family Leave program. This program is designed to provide income
replacement for eligible workers who must partake in family caregiving
or bonding with a new child. The program took effect on July 1, 2004,
and all workers who contribute to the California State Disability Insurance
fund, or SDI fund, are entitled to take a certain amount of paid time
off for certain types of family matters.
What can you take paid family leave for?
Those who are eligible for paid family leave can take six weeks of partial
pay each year to do the following:
- Bond with a newborn baby, adopted, or foster child
- Care for a severely ill parent, spouse, child, or registered domestic partner
In September, 2013, California's Governor Jerry Brown expanded the
Paid Family Leave program to cover care for seriously ill grandparents,
grandchildren, siblings, and parents-in-law. Coverage for said individuals
will start July 1, 2014.
If you pay into the SDI fund, you can also receive income replacement via
disability insurance when you are on leave for your own disability or
illness including pregnancy-related disabilities. Workers can receive
up to 55% of their weekly wages up to a maximum weekly benefit amount.
The six weeks do not need to be taken consecutively. Paid family leave
can be taken intermittently on an hourly, daily, or weekly basis, depending
on your family's needs.
Ensure Your Rights Are Protected
If your employer has denied you paid family leave and you are eligible
to receive said benefits, contact the San Francisco employment lawyer
at Stewart & Musell, LLP today. We have nearly 30 years of combined
litigation experience and have helped employees throughout the San Francisco
area protect their employee rights. To schedule a consultation with our
firm, please contact our office today.