Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) laws are expanding in states across the country. The federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) of 1993 guarantees eligible employees up to 12 weeks of leave without the threat of losing their benefits or their job. But the FMLA’s protection is limited: it assures only unpaid leave, which many workers can’t afford, and applies only to businesses with 50 or more employees.
California was the first state with Paid Family Leave laws. California’s Paid Family Leave (CA PFL) program was signed into law in 2002 – with benefits beginning July 1, 2004. CA PFL is part of the California State Disability Insurance (CA SDI) program.
This is an ongoing series of updates on paid family and medical leave developments – so you can be prepared to fulfill all mandated requirements. This release features highlights for the state of California.
With a few exceptions, all employers are required to participate in the state program or by offering a private plan option. Almost all employees are eligible to receive benefits.
Here’s what you need to know about CA PFL and CA SDI.