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Medical/Pregnancy Leave Entitlements, Protections & Resources

Understanding Legal Entitlements & Job Protections (FMLA, CFRA & PDL)

Employees who meet specific criteria may qualify for certain protections under State and Federal Laws for:

  • leave due to their own serious health condition, including pregnancy and childbirth,
  • leave to care for an eligible family member with a serious health condition, and/or
  • Parental Bonding leave related to birth, adoption or placement of a new child.
These entitlements include the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), California Family Rights Act (CFRA), and California Pregnancy Disability Leave Law (PDLL). Legal leave entitlements run concurrent with policy approved leaves whenever applicable. Legal leave entitlements do not drive pay status; eligibility for pay during leave is determined by policy.

Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

California Family Rights Act (CFRA)

  • Eligibility - Have worked for the UC for a year or more AND worked 1,250 hours during the last 12 months
  • Entitlement - 12 work weeks per calendar year; runs concurrent with FMLA; if related to a PDLL leave, does not begin until AFTER the PDLL has ended
  • Resources:

California Pregnancy Disability Leave Law (PDLL)

To have any Policy approved leave designated under the applicable entitlements, additional paperwork is required. When a medical leave is initiated in AP Folio, the AP Leave Administrator will reach out to the employee (and the department when applicable) with the relevant information and directions regarding leave entitlements. This process is managed outside of AP Folio and all medical information is kept confidential and separate from personnel files.

Questions regarding Leave Entitlements can be addressed to

UC Pay for Family Care and Bonding (PFCB)

UC’s new income replacement option for eligible employees on eligible leave types:

Other Family Friendly Resources