EXPANSION OF PAID FAMILY LEAVE FROM SIX WEEKS TO EIGHT WEEKS

Beginning July 1, 2020, the maximum duration of Paid Family Leave (PFL) benefits individuals may receive from California’s State Disability Insurance (SDI) program will be extended from six to eight weeks, per SB 83.  The PFL program provides partial wage replacement benefits to employees who are absent from work to care for a seriously ill family member or to bond with a minor child within one year of birth or placement of the child via foster care or adoption.

Current law requires state agencies to provide written materials in non-English languages under certain conditions, or to provide other assistance (e.g., translation guides) in completing English forms and questionnaires.  AB 406 requires that, beginning January 1, 2025, the Employment Development Department distribute its application for paid family leave in English and in all non-English languages spoken by a substantial number of non-English-speaking applicants, as defined.

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