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Paid Family Leave in California

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.