In 2002, California became the first state to adopt a paid family leave law, which provides
employees with up to 6 weeks of paid family leave (PFL) through the State Disability
Insurance (SDI) program. The following chart is a general overview of the law and its
Who Pays for PFL? PFL is funded entirely by employee contributions to the SDI program, which
are made through payroll deductions.
Which Employers Must
Deduct SDI Contributions?
The PFL program applies to all California employers, regardless of size.
Which Employees Are
Eligible for PFL?
To be eligible for PFL, an employee generally must:
 Be unable to perform his or her regular or customary work for at least 8
days due to the need to provide care to a seriously ill family member or to
bond with a new child;
 Have paid into SDI in the past 5-18 months;
 Have not taken more than 6 weeks of PFL in the past 12 months; and
 Have a qualifying life event (depending on the life event, other eligibility
requirements may apply).
Which Life Events Qualify for
An employee may file a claim for PFL through the SDI program for the
following reasons:
 To care for a seriously ill child, spouse, parent, parent-in-law, grandparent,
grandchild, sibling, or registered domestic partner; or
 To bond with a new child (including newly fostered and adopted children).
How Long Can an
Employee Be Out on PFL?
Up to 6 weeks within any 12-month period
Must an Employer Maintain
an Employee’s Health
Benefits While He or She is
Out on PFL?
Maintenance of health benefits is not required under PFL. However, it may
be required under the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) or the federal
Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
Is an Employee Entitled to
His or Her Position Upon
Return from Leave?
Maintenance of job position is not required under PFL. However, it may be
required under the CFRA or the FMLA.
Are Employers Required to
Post or Provide Notices to
Employees Regarding PFL?
Yes. Employers are responsible for providing information on PFL to their
employees by:
o Posting DE 1857A; and
o Providing DE 2515 and DE 2511 to new hires and employees who notify
their employer that they need to take time off from work due to a nonwork-related
illness, injury, pregnancy, or childbirth.
Additional Information
For more information, employers may review the California Employment Development
Department’s website on PFL.
California Paid Family Leave
Provided by:
Denesha Insurance Agency
9711 Holland St
Bakersfield, CA 93309
Phone: 6613970041
Note: The information and materials herein are provided for general information purposes only and have been taken from sources believed to be reliable,
but there is no guarantee as to its accuracy. © 2017 HR 360, Inc. | Last Updated: July 24, 2017
California Paid Family Leave

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