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Employment Development Department
Employment Development Department

After Your Claim is Filed: Claim Processing for Paid Family Leave (PFL)

After you file a claim for PFL, the Employment Development Department (EDD) will need to review and process your claim. Submission of your portion of the application and the physician/practitioner’s certification (required on care claims only) must be completed within 49 days from the date your family leave began or you may lose benefits. Your claim will not be processed until all the required parts of the application are received.

Bonding for New Mothers

For new mothers transitioning from a Disability Insurance (DI)-related pregnancy claim to bonding, you must submit a properly completed Claim for Paid Family Leave (PFL) Benefits – New Mother (DE 2501FP) paper form or using SDI Online.

You will NOT serve a second seven-day waiting period for bonding.

Bonding for Other Parents

For mothers without a DI-related pregnancy claim, new fathers, and foster or adoptive parents, a properly completed claim will include Part A on page 1 and Part B on page 3 of the Claim for Paid Family Leave (PFL) Benefits (DE 2501F) paper form, and proof of relationship, or submit your claim using SDI Online.

Care Claims

For care claims, a properly completed claim will include: Part A Statement of Claimant (page 1), Care Recipient’s Authorization for Disclosure of Personal Health Information (page 2), Part C - Statement of Care Recipient (page 3), and Part D - Physician/Practitioner’s Certification (page 4) of the Claim for Paid Family Leave (PFL) Benefits (DE 2501F) paper form, or submit your claim using SDI Online.

If the physician/practitioner does not wish to submit the form online, they may complete Part D – Physician/Practitioner’s Certification of the Claim for Paid Family Leave (PFL) Benefits (DE 2501FC) and mail it in.

It is your responsibility to have the care recipient’s physician/practitioner complete and sign the form and submit it to the EDD within 49 days from the date your family leave begins or you may lose benefits.  

All PFL Claims