When Baby Buck was still in the oven, I knew about maternity leave and nothing else. In speaking with other fathers, I learned that California has a benefit called Paid Family Leave. Both parents are eligible for financial assistance while taking time off from work to bond with their new little one. The only limitation is this benefit expires after the baby’s first year. Secondly, paperwork has to be submitted before 41 days of the time off. Don’t ask me why they picked 41.
If you go past this time, you can still submit your form with a written explanation. Similar to unemployment, the weekly benefit is based on your current salary. The basic questions you need to answer is child’s birth date, the start and end date of your time off, and what type of leave you are taking (vacation, unpaid, and other). You also don’t need to take all your time off in one lump sum. You can spread time off across the baby’s first year.
When you welcome your little one, your life completely changes. You are bombarded with countless items to think about. However, don’t forget about your paid family leave benefit or else you will be leaving hard earned money on the table.
For more information, visit Paid Family Leave – California today.