California family leave program to expand effective July 1

June 27, 2014
Area(s) of Interest: Public Health 

Beginning on July 1, California's paid family leave (PFL) program will be expanded to provide benefits to workers who take time off of work to care for a seriously ill parent-in-law, grandparent, grandchild or sibling. This change was prompted by the passage of Senate Bill 770, which was signed into law by Governor Brown on September 24, 2013.

Currently, PFL is only available to workers who take time off of work to care for a seriously ill child, parent, spouse or registered domestic partner, or to bond with a minor child.

Eligible individuals can receive up to six weeks of PFL within a 12-month period. For more information on the PFL program, click here.

Physicians are also reminded that they can now certify claims for PFL and disability insurance online via the state's new electronic claim filing system, State Disability Insurance (SDI) Online. The system allows physicians, claimants and voluntary plan administrators to submit claims and other supporting documents online. For more information on SDI Online, click here.

For more information on PFL, see California Medical Association On-Call document  #6203, "Family and Medical Leave." On-Call documents are available free to members in CMA's online health law library. Nonmembers can purchase documents for $2/page.

Contact: CMA legal information line, (800) 786-4262 or legalinfo@cmadocs.org.


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