PFL, which is an acronym for Paid Family Leave, is the ability to take some time off work for reasons relating to family. For example, you might use PFL to welcome a new child or if a family member is seriously ill. Paid family leave benefits employees because it allows them to invest in their personal lives without sacrificing their professional ones. A lawyer can help you determine if you qualify for paid family leave, among other things.
Ensuring You’re Eligible
It may seem surprising, but there are certain circumstances you must qualify for to be eligible for paid family leave. There are a couple of different ways to qualify. For starters, you must be a part-time or full-time employee contributing to State Disability Insurance via payroll deductions. You are also eligible even if you are an independent contractor or self-employed if you have elected for payroll deductions to the Disability Insurance Elective Coverage Program.
Helping You Apply
It’s important to keep in mind that even if you are eligible for paid family leave, you must follow the criteria and rules for applying. You can apply no later than 41 days after starting family leave. But keep in mind that you can also apply before you go on family leave as well. Applying for your claim can require considerable documents and forms that can become challenging to manage and fill out correctly. Therefore, you might consider working with a lawyer, as they can help you with applying for paid family leave.
Even if you qualify and submit your claim for family leave, your employer can refuse to offer it to you. It’s not right for an employer to violate and deny your claim. If you want to bring justice to this unfair treatment, you should consult with an EDD attorney. At Pershing Square Law Firm, we are happy to help you with any issues that may arise with your paid family leave claim.