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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 salary continuation 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
(up to 6 weeks)
additional leave time
(balance of cfra -
up to 6 weeks)
Income protection Family Temporary Disability - Bonding None
Length of time allowed

May be up to six weeks

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 six weeks after FTD Leave
Documentation Bonding certificate N/A
Hours that can be used (accrued time) 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.