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Paid Family Leave (PFL)

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Paid Family Leave is part of our disability insurance and provides a benefit to eligible employees who take an approved leave of absence to care for a seriously ill family member or to bond with a new child.

This program is intended to provide partial income replacement during what would otherwise be unpaid leave. PFL does not create additional leave rights or guarantee job retention. 


Employees who live in California, including:

  • Temporary
  • Part-time
  • Full-time

For employees who live outside California and meet the requirements for PFL: If you live in a state that doesn’t provide PFL, Stanford provides the same benefits as described below. For employees living in one of the few states outside of California that offers paid family leave, Stanford follows the state-specific rules for disability pay and length of leave allowed.

Plan Information

  • Eligibility for coverage begins on the first day of employment
  • You will receive a weekly check from disability insurance, equal to the maximum amount that VDI or STD currently pays, for a total of eight weeks. Benefits-eligible faculty and staff may receive a reduced Stanford paycheck on the 7th and 22nd of each month as Stanford will provide supplemental pay to reach 100% of your base pay without having to use accruals for the first six weeks. You can choose to use vacation, floating holiday and PTO accruals to supplement disability for weeks 7-8.
  • Disability pay and supplemental pay will not exceed 100% of your base pay, and it is based on your annual base pay as of your last day worked before your leave
  • Maximum of eight weeks in a rolling 12-month period

Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about Paid Family Leave by reviewing Frequently Asked Questions.
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