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 PFL benefits and the employee’s normal wages, as a benefit of employment.

The one exception is for employees of San Francisco employers. In 2016, the city passed a law requiring employers of a certain size to pay the difference between the employee’s PFL benefit and normal wages. The law will be phased in as follows:

  • January 1, 2017 for employers with 50 or more employees
  • July 1, 2017 for employers with 35 or more employees, and
  • January 1, 2018 for employers with 20 or more employees.

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