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How California parental leave is changing in 2018

If you or your partner is pregnant and you are expecting a child, you will inevitably want to prepare for the first few months of life with your new baby from a financial and logistical perspective. Working mothers often feel as though they need to get back to the workplace as soon as possible after their baby is born, fearing that they may struggle financially or their career will suffer as a result of taking a significant of time off.

However, it is important as expectant parents that you are able to choose how long you would like to spend with your baby, and even more important that you know what you are entitled to under the recently modified parental leave laws.

What are my basic entitlements to parental leave in California?

Certain employers offer specific benefits packages to their employees, and among the benefits, paid parental leave may be included. However, if you are not subject to any additional benefits as an employee, you will still likely have the right to take a maximum of 12 weeks of unpaid leave, depending on the type of company you are employed by.

What is the California Paid Family Leave program?

In the state of California, the Paid Family Leave (PFL) program makes it possible for some employees to receive partial pay while they are taking parental leave. This program is being expanded in 2018 to pay a higher percentage of wages for lower-income parents.

If you want to benefit from paid family leave in California, it is important to find out if you might be eligible. An experienced attorney can provide more information on your legal options.

Source: Working Mother, "California Maternity Leave: Everything Expectant Parents Need to Know (Including Big Changes in 2018)," accessed June 01, 2018

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