FAQs – Paid Family Leave (PFL) Benefits
PFL provides up to six weeks of partial pay to covered employees who are earning less or no money because of time taken off from work to bond with a new child (including newly fostered and adopted children) or to care for a seriously ill family member.
Benefit amounts range from $50 to $1,173 per week and represent about 55 percent of your previous weekly earnings (maximum reimbursement amount is $1,173 per week). Visit the Calculating PFL Benefit Payment Amounts page to estimate your weekly benefit amount.
You may receive PFL benefits for up to six weeks within any 12-month period, regardless of the reason for the leave, and this time does not have to be taken all at once. If you’re a parent taking time off to bond with a child, you may only receive PFL benefits during the first year after your child’s birth, adoption, or foster care placement.
PFL is funded by mandatory payroll deductions from covered workers, meaning that your previous paychecks have helped pay for your own benefits and the benefits of millions of other eligible Californians.
You can apply for PFL by completing the Claim for Paid Family Leave (PFL) Benefits (DE 2501F) form online or by mail. For bonding claims, your application must include documentation showing the relationship between you and your new child (e.g., a copy of the child’s birth certificate or record, adoptive placement agreement, or foster care placement record). For caregiving claims, your application must also include a medical certification from your family member’s physician/practitioner and the care recipient’s or their authorized recipient’s signature.
To apply online, visit SDI Online. To apply by mail, visit an SDI Office or request the paper form from your physician/practitioner or employer. You may also request that a hard copy version of the form be mailed to you by calling 1-877-238-4373 or visiting the Online Forms and Publications page to order a form online.
No. PFL only provides monetary benefits; however, your job may be protected through other laws, such as the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) or the California Family Rights Act (CFRA). For more information, visit the FAQs – Relation of PFL to the FMLA and the CFRA page.
Your claim will be processed approximately 14 business days after the Employment Development Department receives your properly completed application.
All PFL claims must be completed and submitted within 49 days of your first day of leave. All PFL claims for bonding with a new child must be paid in full no later than one day prior to the one-year anniversary of your child’s birth, adoption or foster care placement. To avoid missing the one-year mark, you will want to file 6-7 weeks before the one-year anniversary of the child entering your life.
- Can I receive Disability Insurance (DI), Unemployment Insurance, or workers’ compensation benefits while receiving PFL benefits?
No. However, new mothers may receive PFL benefits immediately following a pregnancy-related DI claim without an additional seven-day waiting period. New mothers will automatically be sent a Claim for Paid Family Leave (PFL) Benefits – New Mother (DE 2501FP) form when a pregnancy-related disability claim ends. For more information about coordinating PFL with sick leave, DI, or other benefits, visit the FAQs – Integration/Coordination of SDI Benefits page.
Yes. You will receive a 1099-G tax form in January of the following year you received benefits. For more information, visit the FAQs - Form 1099G page or contact the Internal Revenue Service.
For state taxes, PFL benefit payments are not reportable by California pursuant to Revenue and Taxation Code Section 17083.
You must report:
- If you have returned to part-time, intermittent, or full-time work.
- If you have stopped providing care or bonding.
- The date of death of the care or bonding recipient.
- Wages received, such as: Adoption Pay, Back Pay, Bereavement Pay, Bonus Pay, Commissions, DI benefits, Donated Sick Leave Credits, Earnings from Partial Return to Work, Employer-Required Vacation pay, Holiday Pay, In Home Support Services wages, In Lieu of Notice Pay, Kin Care, Military Pay, Paid Time Off, Plant Shut Down Pay, Residuals, Rerun Fees, Reuse Fees, Sick Leave Pay, Unemployment Insurance benefits, or Workers’ compensation benefits.
Reporting this information to the EDD ensures you receive the correct benefit amount and prevents an overpayment.
You may report wages or that you have returned to work on the Notice of Automatic Payment - PFL (DE 2587F) or Continued Claim Certification for Paid Family Leave Benefits (DE 2580GF). You may also send a letter by mail or call PFL at 1-877-238-4373.
If the person for whom you are caring or the child with whom you are bonding passes away, report the death to the PFL office at 1-877-238-4373. You may also notify the EDD by writing to the PO Box address printed on the payment notice. Be sure to provide the Care or Bonding recipient’s name and date of death, and your name, address, and phone number so we can contact you with additional instructions. Benefits are payable through the date of death if otherwise eligible.
First, you must have received your billing notice. The Benefit Overpayment Statement of Amount Due (DE 8301R) form is a billing notice that is mailed to you each month. If you have not yet received this notice, please contact the PFL office at 1-877-238-4373.
You can make payments by credit card. To make a payment online, visit www.officialpayments.com. All credit card payments will be assessed a convenience fee of 2.35% of the payment amount each time you use this service. Note: This process will take 3-5 business days to post to your account.
For additional information regarding credit card payments, contact Official Payments at 1-800-272-9829. Contact the Benefit Overpayment Collections Section at 1-800-676-5737 to inquire about payment arrangements or to establish a payment schedule.
You can mail a personal check, money order, or cashier’s check to the address below. Please write your Social Security number on all remittances.
Make remittance payable to: EDD.
Employment Development Department
PO Box 826806
Sacramento, CA 94206-0001