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Family Care & Parental Bonding Leave

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

Overview

  • 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
(2 weeks)
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


Use of vacation time as available may be used to satisfy the seven-day “waiting period” that starts with the child’s birth or the court order placing the child in adoption or foster care

May be up to six weeks after mandatory vacation period


May be taken intermittently, in increments of at least two weeks each


May use within 12 months of the child’s birth or adoption/ foster care placement

May be up to four weeks after FTD Leave
Documentation N/A Bonding certificate N/A
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.