Living in California does have it’s perks! One being, there are a variety of Leave protections for pregnant and newly postpartum mothers and new fathers. Here you can find links to the California paid benefits and state pregnancy protection acts and leaves. NOTE: There are a variety of requirements to be met to qualify for state paid benefits so please click the links and read the information provided by EDD to help you determine eligibility.
California State Paid Benefits
CALIFORNIA STATE DISABILITY INSURANCE
Disability is an illness or injury, either physical or mental, which prevents customary work. Disability includes elective surgery, pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions. Disability Insurance (DI) is a component of the State Disability Insurance (SDI) program, designed to partially replace wages lost due to a non-workrelated disability
California Paid Family Leave
PFL provides partial pay to Californians who need to take time off from work to care for a seriously ill child, parent, parent-in-law, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, spouse, or registered domestic partner. Benefits are also available to parents (individuals, spouses, or registered domestic partners) who need time to bond with a new child entering their family by birth, adoption, or foster care placement.
California Family Rights Act (CFRA) – Similar to the FMLA, the CFRA allows eligible employees up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave in a 12-month period to bond with a new child or to care for a seriously ill family member.
New Parent Leave Act (NPLA) – The NPLA provides eligible employees 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave to bond with a new child within one year of the child’s birth, adoption, or foster care placement. The new law covers individuals who work for small employers with 20 or more employees.
Pregnancy Disability Leave (PDL) is leave from work to accommodate employees with a pregnancy disability. Your health care provider will recommend how long you need to take leave from work, but you are entitled to up to four months of PDL per pregnancy. (Cal. Code Regs., tit. 2, § 11042).
Click here for the PDL information!
Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) – The FEHA does not provide job protection during PFL but it does provide job protection to individuals while they are using Disability Insurance (DI) for pregnancy disability, childbirth, or a related medical condition. The law prohibits employer discrimination due to disability or pregnancy.