Does My Employer Have to Pay the Difference Between PFL and My Normal Wages?

No, your employer is not required to pay any portion of your leave. However, some California employers choose to pay the difference between an employee’s paid family leave (PFL) benefits and the employee’s normal wages, as a benefit of employment.

The one exception is for employees of San Francisco employers. In San Francisco, employers with 20 or more employees are required to pay their workers the difference between the employees' PFL benefits and their normal wages. For more details, read an FAQ about San Francisco's paid parental leave law.

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