WHAT IS THE PAID FAMILY LEAVE GRANT PROGRAM?
California’s Paid Family Leave program allows California workers to take paid leave to bond with a new child (through birth, adoption, or foster care) or to care for a seriously ill family member.
Beginning July 1, 2020, this paid leave expanded from six (6) to eight (8) weeks. Additionally, California’s Paid Family Leave program also expanded the twelve (12) week non-paid protected leave to all businesses, regardless of business size.
Businesses impacted by California’s Paid Family Leave program will have increased costs such as training and upskilling existing staff to cover the duties of the employee on California’s Paid Family Leave; hiring and training additional staff to cover the duties of the the employee on California’s Paid Family Leave; and marketing, recruitment, and other reasonably foreseeable training costs.
Small businesses in California with 1-100 employees with at least one (1) employee utilizing California’s Paid Family Leave program (on or after June 1, 2022) are eligible to apply for grants up to $2,000 per employee on PFL to offset the increased costs associated with the employee out on leave.
Paid Family Leave Grant Amounts:
- Businesses with 51-100 employees may receive up to $1,000 per employee utilizing Paid Family Leave.
- Businesses with 1-50 employees may receive up to $2,000 per employee utilizing Paid Family Leave.
HOW TO APPLY
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
HOW DO I FIND MY COMPANY’S NAICS CODE?
Please visit: https://www.census.gov/naics/
WHERE DO I FIND MY COMPANY’S CALIFORNIA EMPLOYER ACCOUNT NUMBER (CEAN)?
Your CEAN is eight-digits and is used to file your California Employer Payroll Taxes. You can find this number on your DE-9. If you do not know your CEAN, go to https://edd.ca.gov/ or call the Employment Development Department (EDD)
1-888-745-3886. EDD is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
HOW DO I OBTAIN MY EMPLOYEE’S EDD CUSTOMER NUMBER?
The Employee’s EDD Customer Number is a unique 10-digit number provided to the employee by EDD.
After an employee files a claim for Paid Family Leave, EDD will send you the Notice of Paid Family Leave (PFL) Claim Filed (DE 2503F). Sometimes, the employee’s EDD number will be on this form though this is not always the case. You may need to ask your employee if they will provide it to you.
Do not forget to complete and return the paper form to the EDD within two working days to verify the information the employee provided on their claim.
CAN I HAVE MULTIPLE EMPLOYEES ON PAID FAMILY LEAVE AND BE ELIGIBLE?
Participating employers may have more than one employee utilizing California’s Paid Family Leave program; however, in such situations, funds shall be awarded in increments of $1,000.00 or $2,000.00 per employee utilizing California’s Paid Family Leave.
WHAT IS THE TIME PERIOD TO APPLY?
The grant period is June 1, 2022 to May 31, 2024 or until funds run out. If you have employees who were/are on California Paid Family Leave program on or after June 1, 2022, you may apply.
IS MY EMPLOYEE’S INFORMATION SAFE WHEN WE APPLY FOR A PFL GRANT?
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