About Paid Family Leave (PFL)

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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 entering the family through birth, adoption, or foster care placement.

PFL does not provide job protection, only monetary benefits; however, your job may be protected through other federal or state laws such as the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) or the California Family Rights Act (CFRA).

For more information about the FMLA, visit the Department of Labor or call 1-866-487-2365. For more information about the CFRA, visit the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing or call 1-800-884-1684

Note: Beginning January 1, 2018, Assembly Bill 908 (Chapter 5, Statutes of 2016) increases the Disability Insurance and PFL wage replacement rate to approximately 60 to 70 percent (depending on income) and removes the 7-day waiting period for PFL. This applies to claims with a start date of January 1, 2018 or after.

To receive benefits, you must:

  • File a claim for PFL benefits using SDI Online or by mail.
  • Have earned at least $300 in wages that are subject to State Disability Insurance deductions (look for “CASDI” on your paystubs) during the 12-month base period of your claim.
  • Provide proof of relationship for bonding claims (birth certificate or record, adoption paperwork, etc.).
  • Have the care recipient’s physician/practitioner certify to the need for care by completing the “Physician/Practitioner’s Certification” for care claims.

You have an option in how you receive your benefit payments. If you are eligible to receive benefits, the Employment Development Department (EDD) issues benefit payments by the EDD Debit CardSM through Bank of America or by check, which is mailed to you from the EDD. You do not have to accept the EDD Debit Card.

Claimants will be able to select their payment option when they file their claim.

EDD DEBIT CARD: If eligible, benefit payments are issued on the EDD Debit Card within 24 hours of processing your certification and immediately available to you.

EDD CHECKS BY MAIL: If eligible, benefit payments are issued by EDD check within 24 hours of processing your certification. Allow 7 to 10 days for delivery of checks in the mail.

Approximately 18.7 million California workers are covered by the PFL program, which is funded through mandatory employee payroll deductions. If eligible, you can receive approximately 60 to 70 percent (depending on income) of wages earned 5 to 18 months prior to your claim start date (maximum wage replacement rate is $1,252 per week) for up to six weeks within any 12-month period.

San Francisco workers: Your employer may be required to provide supplemental compensation to you if you are receiving PFL benefits for bonding with a new child through birth, adoption, or foster care placement. For more information, visit the City and County of San Francisco, Office of Labor Standards Enforcement Paid Parental Leave Ordinance (PPLO).

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.

Paid Family Leave (PFL) Self-Guided Training

View one of the following self-guided trainings for a brief overview of the PFL program:

Findings about the PFL program:

To request general program information or data about State Disability Insurance, complete the State Disability Insurance Request for Information Form (DE 2541E) and return it to the Employment Development Department using the appropriate email address listed on the form.

Note: Inquiries about individual claims using this form will not be answered.