Paid Family Leave

About Paid Family Leave

In 2002, historic legislation was enacted to extend disability compensation to cover individuals who take time off of work to care for a seriously ill child, spouse, parent, or registered domestic partner, or to bond with a new child. Senate Bill 1661 established Paid Family Leave (PFL), also known as Family Temporary Disability Insurance program, to be administered by the State Disability Insurance (SDI) program. An estimated 13.1 million California workers who are covered by the SDI program have also been covered for PFL benefits as of July 1, 2004.

For California workers covered by SDI, PFL provides up to six weeks of benefits for individuals who must take time off to care for a seriously ill child, spouse, parent, or registered domestic partner, or to bond with a new child.

Beginning July 1, 2014, California workers may be eligible to receive PFL benefits when taking take time off of work to care for a seriously ill parent-in-law, grandparent, grandchild, or sibling. For more information, view Senate Bill 770 (Chapter 350, Statutes of 2013). Claimants filing a PFL claim to care for a newly eligible family member should select the “Other” field and enter the relationship using one of the following: parent-in-law, grandparent, grandchild, or sibling.

To learn more about Paid Family Leave, view the Paid Family Leave Fact Sheet or the State Disability Insurance Frequently Asked Questions.

Ten Years of Paid Family Leave

In celebration of the first ten years of PFL, the Employment Development Department (EDD) has compiled a summary of its use over that time. The Paid Family Leave 10-Year Anniversary Report includes information about PFL, statistics, the experiences of those who have used PFL, and most commonly asked questions.

State Disability Insurance (SDI) Online

The EDD automated some key SDI services to better serve our customers. SDI Online provides customers with electronic and automated options that are simple to use and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

SDI Online is convenient and secure. The new system reduces claim processing time, provides immediate electronic confirmation of forms submitted, decreases costs in paper and postage, and includes security safeguards to detect and manage fraud and abuse.

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