California started the Paid Family Leave (PFL) program in 2002. PFL provides income to employees who need to take time off for a family member with a serious illness.
PFL can be used to help care for a spouse, parent or child with a serious illness. A serious illness is considered an injury or illness that includes a hospital stay or continuing treatment.
PFL entitles an employee to 6 weeks of partial pay each year. This time does not have to be taken consecutively. The time can be broken up into hours, days or weeks. There is a 7-day waiting period before PFL benefits will start. Any time taken off to provide care for a loved one will count toward the waiting period.
The Employment Development Department (EDD) gives you 55 percent of your highest quarter wages as PFL compensation. This is calculated by averaging your earnings between a 5- to 18-month base period before the PFL claim. Benefits are capped at $987 weekly.
The EDD manages the PFL program. To file a PFL request, you must contact EDD directly. Your employer does not handle PFL claims.