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What is paid family leave?
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There is a list of eligibility requirements to meet in California if you’re seeking paid family and medical leave. Applicants for paid family leave must be incapable of completing their job duties or have lost wages because of the care they need to provide care to a child or family member.

Are you eligible?

Paid family leave is designed to supplement a care-giver’s income on a temporary basis if they have to stop working to care for a seriously ill family member. Those who are eligible must submit a form with their Social Security number no earlier than the first day of their family leave period. The applicant must also have employment or be in the process of looking for employment once they start the family leave period.

Eligibility also includes earning at least $300 from which State Disability Insurance deductions were withheld. The individual must also submit a medical certificate to prove that a family member is in need of care if they’re disabled or suffering from a health condition. This information will not be shared with the individual’s employer; it will be kept confidential.

It’s important to note that only certain medical conditions are eligible for paid family leave. For example, cosmetic procedures or minor illnesses are not eligible. An individual may contact an attorney if they have questions about whether their family member’s sickness qualifies them to take leave.

Who can you contact for legal assistance?

If you need assistance requesting family and medical leave, an attorney may assist you with submitting the form. A legal professional’s experience may help you to avoid common mistakes that can threaten your application. Your attorney may inform you of the eligibility requirements and review your case’s details to determine if you qualify.

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