The Family and Medical Leave Act and the California Family Rights Act FAQs

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For detailed information about the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), visit the Department of Labor or call 1-866-487-2365.

For detailed information about the California Family Rights Act (CFRA), visit the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing or call 1-800-884-1684.

The FMLA and CFRA are federal and state leave laws that allow eligible employees of covered employers to take unpaid, job-protected leave.

You may use these programs along with Disability Insurance (DI) or Paid Family Leave (PFL) benefits to protect your job while you:

  • Take medical leave for yourself.
  • Care for a family member who is seriously ill.
  • Bond with a new child.

Disability Insurance (DI) and Paid Family Leave (PFL) provide wage replacement benefits only; they do not provide job protection. DI and PFL do not change the federal or state leave laws in any way and are completely separate from them. Your job may be protected under other laws, such as the FMLA or the CFRA.

DI provides up to 52 weeks of paid benefits when you are unable to work and have a wage loss due to your own non-work-related illness, injury, pregnancy, or childbirth.

PFL provides up to eight weeks of paid benefits when you have a wage loss due to taking time off work to care for a seriously ill family member or bond with a new child.

No. Disability Insurance and Paid Family Leave provide wage replacement benefits only; they do not provide job protection. Your job may be protected under other laws, such as the FMLA or the CFRA.

Yes. If your company is subject to the provisions of the FMLA and CFRA, you may require employees to take FMLA and CFRA leave while they’re receiving Disability Insurance or Paid Family Leave benefits.