There is a lot of confusion surrounding leave during and after
pregnancy. But, there is also good news—sometimes you can receive
pay during your leave! California is one of only two states that
provide many parents with pay when they take leave to bond with
California paid family leave provides parents with up to six weeks
of partial wage replacement while they stay home to care for their
newborn child. This pay can be received by both mothers and fathers
who choose to take leave time to bond with their child or who care
for a child, spouse, domestic partner, or parent who is seriously
Paid family leave is available to most employees whose employers pay
into the State Disability Fund. Generally, employees receive up to
55% of their salary, subject to maximum caps, for each week they are
bonding with their child (up to six weeks total in a 12 month
period). There is a one week waiting period before this benefit can
take effect and you must complete the appropriate forms.
right to take paid family leave is completely separate from the
issue of whether an individual is entitled to take time off from
work. Paid family leave does not obligate employers to provide you
with six weeks of leave from work. Rather, paid family leave helps
parents who are entitled to take leave but might not utilize this
benefit if they were left without any income for six weeks.
For more information on Paid Family Leave and
other rights to leave during and after pregnancy, visit
www.pregnancylawyer.com or call Attorney
Sarah B. Schlehr directly at (310) 492-5757.
This Belly Scoop has been sponsored by Ms. Pregnancy Lawyer,
Sarah B. Schlehr!