About Paid Family Leave
California Paid Family Leave (PFL) provides partial pay to employees who need to 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. More than 18 million California workers are covered by the PFL program, paid for by California workers that pay State Disability Insurance taxes in the past 5 to 18 months.
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
PFL Benefit Payments
If eligible, you can receive about 60 to 70 percent (depending on income) of wages earned 5 to 18 months before your claim start date for up to six weeks within any 12-month period. The length of time worked at your current job does not affect eligibility. For more information, visit Calculating Paid Family Leave Benefit Payment Amounts.
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.
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).
You have an option in how you receive your benefit payments. If you are eligible to receive benefits, the 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.
You will be able to select your payment option when you file your 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.
Have more questions? Visit our FAQs page.
PFL Self-Guided Training
View one of the following self-guided trainings for a brief overview of the PFL program:
- PFL Claimant Overview (PDF, 2.88 MB)
- PFL New/Expecting Mother Overview (PDF, 2.24 MB)
- PFL Employer Overview (PDF, 2.82 MB)
- PFL Physician/Practitioner Overview (PDF, 3.15 MB)
Findings about the PFL program:
- Paid Family Leave Economic and Social Impact Study (PDF)
- Paid Family Leave Market Research Report 2015 (PDF)
To request general program information or data about State Disability Insurance, complete the State Disability Insurance Request for Information Form (DE 2541E) (PDF) and return it to the EDD using the appropriate email address listed on the form.
Note: Inquiries about individual claims using this form will not be answered.