Paid Family Leave Benefits

Benefit Amounts for Paid Family Leave

For claims beginning on or after January 1, 2015, weekly benefits range from $50 to a maximum of $1,104. To qualify for the maximum weekly benefit amount ($1,104) an individual must earn at least $26,070.92 in a calendar quarter during the base period.

The EDD, with Bank of America, will provide eligible individuals with an EDD Debit Card that is valid for three years from the date of issue. Once the card is received, all authorized benefit payments will then be deposited to the EDD Debit Card account. The same EDD Debit Card will be used to deliver both State Disability and Unemployment Insurance payments. No action is required to receive the EDD Debit Card.

An individual’s weekly benefit amount is approximately 55 percent of his or her earnings up to the maximum benefit amount. He or she may receive up to six (6) weeks of Paid Family Leave (PFL) benefits during a 12-month period. The daily benefit amount is calculated by dividing an individual’s weekly benefit amount by seven. The maximum benefit amount is calculated by multiplying an individual’s weekly benefit amount by six (6) or adding the total wages subject to State Disability Insurance (SDI) tax paid in an individual’s base period, whichever is less. Exceptions are as follows:

  • For employers and self-employed individuals who elect SDI coverage, the maximum benefit amount is six (6) times the weekly rate.

Determining Weekly Benefit Amounts

An individual’s PFL claim begins on the date he or she first began to care or bond. PFL calculates the weekly benefit amount using his or her base period. The date the PFL claim begins determines an individual’s base period.

An individual who wants his or her PFL claim to begin later so that there is a different base period should call PFL at 1-877-238-4373 before filing a claim.

An individual may not change the beginning date of his or her claim or adjust a base period after establishing a valid claim.

A base period covers 12 months and is divided into four consecutive quarters. The base period includes wages subject to SDI tax which were paid approximately 5 to 18 months before an individual’s PFL claim began. The base period does not include wages paid at the time an individual’s need to be off work to provide family care or to bond with a new child begins. For a PFL claim to be valid, an individual must have at least $300 in wages in the base period. The following may be used to determine the base period for a claim.

If a claim begins on or after January 1, 2015:

  • January, February, or March, the base period is the 12 months ending last September 30. (Example: A claim beginning February 14, 2015, uses a base period of October 1, 2013, through September 30, 2014.)
  • April, May, or June, the base period is the 12 months ending last December 31. (Example: A claim beginning June 20, 2015, uses a base period of January 1, 2014, through December 31, 2014.)
  • July, August, or September, the base period is the 12 months ending last March 31. (Example: A claim beginning September 27, 2015, uses a base period of April 1, 2014, through March 31, 2015.)
  • October, November, or December, the base period is the 12 months ending last June 30. (Example: A claim beginning November 2, 2015, uses a base period of July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2015.)

The weekly benefit amount is determined by using the quarter in which an individual was paid the highest wages. Refer to the DI and PFL Weekly Benefits Chart for further information.

An individual should contact the PFL office to inquire and provide additional information if his or her situation fits any of these circumstances: If an individual does not have sufficient base period wages and he or she continues to care or bond, it may be possible for a valid claim to be established by using a later beginning date. If an individual does not have enough base period wages and is actively seeking work for 60 days or more in any quarter of the base period, he or she may be able to substitute wages paid in prior quarters. Additionally, an individual may be entitled to substitute wages paid in prior quarters either to make a claim valid or to increase a benefit amount if during the base period he or she was in the military, received workers' compensation benefits, or did not work because of a labor dispute.

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