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Employment Development Department
Employment Development Department

About Paid Family Leave

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California Paid Family Leave (PFL) provides up to 6 weeks of partial pay to employees who take time off from work to care for a seriously ill family member (child, parent, parent-in-law, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, spouse, or registered domestic partner) or to bond with a new child (including newly fostered and adopted children).

To receive benefits, you must:

Approximately 18.1 million California workers are covered by the PFL program, which is funded through mandatory employee payroll deductions. Eligible workers can receive up to 55 percent of their previous weekly earnings (maximum reimbursement amount is $1,173 per week) for up to 6 weeks within any 12-month period.

Read more about Eligibility Requirements to find out if you qualify for PFL. To get started on a PFL claim, visit the Options to File for PFL Benefits page.

Have more questions? Visit our FAQs page.

Findings about the PFL program: