California Pregnancy Disability Leave

This leave applies to employers with five or more employees and provides up to four months of protected leave. PDL entitles eligible employees of covered employers to take unpaid, job-protected leave for disability during pregnancy and/or childbirth with continuation of group health insurance coverage under the same terms and conditions as if the employee had not taken leave.  In addition, an employer must maintain the employee’s position or a similar position to which the employee may return at the conclusion of his/her leave.

PDL only applies during a period of disability where a doctor has established that the employee is unable to work due to pregnancy, childbirth and/or a related medical condition.  This leave runs concurrently with FMLA, but not CFRA. Therefore, an employee could take up to four months for pregnancy disability/FMLA leave, and still have another 12 weeks of protected leave under CFRA for bonding with a new child or to care for the employee’s/family members’ serious medical condition.

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DISCLAIMER:  This information provided here is intended to provide accurate, general information about protected leaves available to employees. Because laws and legal procedures are subject to frequent change and differing interpretations, Teamsters 856 cannot ensure that the information in this guide is current, nor be responsible for any use to which it is put.  Do not rely on this information without first consulting with your representative and/or consulting an attorney or the appropriate agency about your rights.  Members with specific leave questions may contact their representative and/or Staff Attorney and Leave Coordinator Susanna Farber.