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Paid Family Leave - Caregivers

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Caregivers

Do you need time off to care for an ill family member?

Have you recently become a caregiver to an ill child, parent, parent-in-law, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, spouse, or registered domestic partner? If so, start here to learn more about your California Paid Family Leave options.

Are You Eligible?

To be eligible for California PFL benefits, you must:

  • Be a caregiver for an ill family member. A qualifying family member is a child, parent, parent-in-law, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, spouse, or registered domestic partner.
    Fun fact: More than one individual can be the caregiver, but you can only receive PFL benefits for the days/hours you are the primary caregiver.
  • Have paid into State Disability Insurance (noted as “SDI” on paystubs) in the past 5 to 18 months.
  • Not have taken the maximum six weeks of PFL in the past 12 months.
    Fun fact: You can break up your six weeks of leave. You don’t have to take it all at once!

If you’re still not sure, read more about Eligibility Requirements to find out if you qualify for PFL.

Calculate Your Benefit Amount

Try the new tool to estimate your benefit amount!

File a Claim

If you think you’re eligible for PFL, the next step is to file a claim.