Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault & Stalking: Paid Family Leave Benefits

Domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking survivors often need time off from work to care for a family member who has a serious health condition, whether mental or physical, which is caused or made worse by the abuse. The California Paid Family Leave Act provides employees who pay into the State Disability Insurance Program (SDI) with up to six weeks of partial pay each year to care for a child, parent, spouse or registered domestic partner with a serious health condition (or to bond with a newborn baby or newly adopted or foster child).

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This Fact Sheet is intended to provide accurate, general information regarding legal rights relating to employment in California. Yet because laws and legal procedures are subject to frequent change and differing interpretations, the Legal Aid Society–Employment Law Center cannot ensure the information in this Fact Sheet is current nor be responsible for any use to which it is put. Do not rely on this information without consulting an attorney or the appropriate agency about your rights in your particular situation.