California’s Paid Family Leave law does not guarantee a certain period of time off, nor does it provide job protection. However, other federal and California laws may provide the right to a certain amount of leave or reinstatement when the leave is over. For example, the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) require employers with 50 or more employees to provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid time off to care for a seriously ill family member or to bond with a new child. California’s Pregnancy Disability Leave Act (PDL) requires employers with five or more employees to provide unpaid time off before and after childbirth. For more information, see our article on California leave laws.
Even if you don’t fall within the protection of these laws, you can still receive PFL benefits if you take time off for a covered reason. However, your employer might not be required to grant your leave and hold your job for you.
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