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California Extends Paid Family Benefits to 8 Weeks

Effective July 1, 2020, California will extend the maximum duration of Paid Family Leave (PFL) benefits from six to eight weeks. PFL provides partial wage replacement benefits to employees who need to take time off from work to care for a seriously ill family member or to bond with a new child entering the family through birth, adoption, or foster care placement. PFL does not provide job protection, only monetary benefits; however, your job may be protected through other federal or state laws such as the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) or the California Family Rights Act (CFRA). More than 18 million California workers are covered by the PFL program, paid for by California workers that pay State Disability Insurance taxes in the past 5 to 18 months.

For questions related to PFL or employment in general, contact the attorneys at Simonian & Simonian, PLC, 818-405-0080.