If you need to take time off to care for a loved one or bond with a new child, you may be eligible for job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and California Family Rights Act (CFRA). Some or all of your leave may be paid through a combination of vacation accruals and Family Temporary Disability Insurance, if you reside in California.
Criteria for Family Care
Family Care leaves can be for:
- An immediate family member suffering from a serious health condition
- Bonding time with your newborn, foster child or adopted child
- FMLA allows you to take up to 12 weeks of job-protected leave during a rolling 12-month period for all FMLA-eligible leaves of absence combined
- FMLA is not paid leave; however, if you are eligible for FTD leave, you may use a combination of vacation accruals and disability insurance as income replacement
- FTD leave may be taken intermittently, and is most often taken in increments of at least two weeks each when used for baby bonding time
- The San Francisco Paid Parental Leave Ordinance provides supplemental compensation in addition to FTD to employees working in San Francisco.
Parental Bonding Time with FTD - How It Works
|baby bonding leave
using mandatory vacation
|baby bonding leave
(up to 6 weeks)
|additional leave time
(balance of cfra -
up to 4 weeks)
|Income protection||Family Temporary Disability - Bonding||Family Temporary Disability - Bonding||None|
|Length of time allowed||
Maximum 80 hours (prorated for part-time) or all available vacation time
May be up to six weeks after mandatory vacation period
|May be up to four weeks after FTD Leave|
|Hours that can be used (accrued time)||May only use vacation hours.
If no vacation hours, FTD begins immediately
|Only PTO, floating holiday and vacation hours can be used to augment insurance benefit||May use only PTO, floating holiday and vacation hours.
No disability benefit during this period
|Job protection||Protected under CFRA (the California version of FMLA) and/or FMLA. If eligible, provides 12 weeks in a rolling 12-month calendar year, beginning on the first day of leave.|
Review Your Options
Visit the pages below to learn more about your job-protection and insurance options while on a Family Leave.