Paid Family Leave Program

Starting July 1, 2004 California became the first state in the U.S. to offer Paid Family Leave. Workers can get up to 6 weeks of partial pay per year while taking time off from work to care for a new baby. Most people get about 55% of their usual pay.

The program is funded by an SDI payroll deduction from your paycheck and the payments come from the EDD, a state agency, not the employer. Any worker who currently pays into the SDI program is automatically eligible for this paid family leave.

New mothers who are eligible for 6 weeks of postpartum SDI are also eligible for this paid family leave to bond with their new baby.

For more information, call the EDD at 1-800-480-3287. or go to their web site: