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Employment Development Department

Am I Eligible for Paid Family Leave Benefits?

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Workers who have a loss of wages when they need to take time off work to care for a seriously ill child, parent, parent-in-law, grandparent, grandchild, spouse, registered domestic partner, or to bond with a new child entering the family, may be eligible for Paid Family Leave (PFL) benefits.

Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible for PFL benefits, you must:

Please note that your employer will be notified that you have submitted a PFL claim. However, your medical information is confidential and will not be shared with your employer.

A serious health condition means an illness, injury, impairment, or physical or mental condition of a patient that involves any period of incapacity (e.g., inability to work or perform other regular daily activities) or inpatient care in a hospital, hospice, or residential medical care facility and any subsequent treatment in connection with such inpatient care; or continuing treatment by a physician/practitioner. Unless complications arise, cosmetic treatments, the common cold, influenza, earaches, upset stomach, minor ulcers, and headaches other than migraine, are examples of conditions that do not meet the definition of a serious health condition for purposes of PFL. For more information, see frequently asked questions.

An independent medical examination of the care recipient may be required to determine your initial or continuing eligibility.

To file a claim, visit SDI Online or Options to File for PFL Benefits.