California Grows the “Family” Part of “Paid Family Leave” Program

As part of its Paid Family Leave (PFL) insurance program, California has expanded its definition of family members to include:

  • Grandparent
  • Grandchildren
  • Siblings
  • Parents-in-law

Employees eligible for the paid caregiver leave receive partial pay for up to up to six weeks as part of the program when caring for relatives suffering from serious illness or for bonding with newborn or newly adopted children.

PFL insurance is paid for with deductions from employees’ paychecks through contributions to a special fund in the State Treasury appropriated for providing benefits payments.

The State delayed implementation of the expanded definition until July 1, 2014.

California’s Notice to Employees posting is required for all employers with locations in California. The posting advises employees of potential unemployment insurance, disability insurance and paid family leave insurance benefits. The posting is included on the GovDocs California State-on-One poster, which includes all state postings considered required for all employers.

California Paid Family Leave Employee Eligibility

Employees are eligible for California’s Paid Family Leave (PFL) insurance if they meet the following requirements:

  • Covered by State Disability Insurance (SDI).
  • A Voluntary Plan Insurer provides employee’s company disability insurance.
  • Employee is unable to do regular or customary work for at least eight days due to the need to provide care for a seriously ill family member, spouse, or registered domestic partner; or to bond with a new child.
  • Employee must be employed or actively looking for work at the time your family leave begins.
  • Employee must have earned at least $300 from which SDI deductions were withheld during a previous period.


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