Who is Eligible for USC's Maternity Leave?
This article will discuss your eligibility and how you can apply for it.
Parental leaves, or maternity/paternity leaves, are increasingly popular among people facing challenging family situations at home.
These situations can stem from caring for a sick family member. They also apply to those having a new baby or adding a child to their family through surrogacy or adoption.
Regardless of your personal situation, most affluent countries have fairly generous parental leave or maternity/paternity policies that cover nearly (if not) all workers in both the public and private sectors.
The US, however, has one of the weakest parental or maternity leave policies of all of the developed countries in the world. The US simply does not allow all employees to be entitled to maternity or parental leave.
The only program offered nationally is the Family and Medical Leave for Federal Employees. It only covers some employees. And it only gives limited time off, compared to the benefits provided by many other developed countries.
Who is Eligible for Parental Leave in Southern California?
Southern California has some of the most progressive and protective laws for parents anywhere in the continental United States. Parents and prospective parents are allowed time off through the laws that are in place in the state of California. However, there are some employees who may not be covered by the state's parental leave plans.
In order to qualify for parental leave in California, you must meet the following requirements:
- Work for a private sector company with 50 or more employees
- Work for a public sector company (any size)
- Have been employed by that employer for 12 months
- Worked at least 1,250 hours in the last year
If a worker meets these criteria, then they may qualify for up to 6 weeks of paid leave to tend to family needs and situations.
These situations include helping someone in their family who is critically ill or spending time with a new child in the family, whether through birth, adoption,or foster care.
Workers will qualify for one of two types of leave, unpaid or paid leave.
Unpaid Leave in CA
Unpaid leave must be offered to employees for up to 12 weeks for family leave, plus an additional 4 months of maternity leave for a total of 28 weeks within a given year.
Paid Leave in CA
The California Family Paid Leave insurance program applies to all employees that work either at a private sector company with more than 50 employees or any public sector job.
These employees must have worked for their current employer for at least 12 months and have worked for at least 1,250 hours in the last year in order to qualify for these benefits.
This benefit entitles employees to take up to 6 weeks of paid time off in order to take care of a seriously ill child, spouse, parent, or registered domestic partner. It also qualifies to allow an employee to bond over the birth of a new child.
These additional laws and protections in California give families a lot more freedom to take time off to care for family. This is a benefit that not all workers in all parts of the United States get to enjoy.
Do I Qualify for the FMLA Program?
Some individual workers are eligible for the United States federal program called the Family Leave and Medical Act (FLMA) program. The FMLA program is available in all 50 states, but it only covers some workers in certain categories.
Only some workers are eligible for the programs.
To be eligible, you must:
- Work for a covered employer
- Have worked 1,250 hours during the 12 months prior to the start of the leave.
- Work at a company with 50 or more employees working or within 75 miles of it
- Have worked for the employer for 12 months prior to taking leave
If you do not meet these criteria, then you will not be eligible to take FMLA leave. That’s why calls for uniform, countrywide measures have gained bipartisan support. But they’ve never passed the necessary barriers to become a national standard.
You can also check out DonotPay’s state guides for more information:
What Are USC's Maternity Policies?
USC provides a family leave policy for all of their campus employees who are covered by all unions on campus. Exceptions include interns and residents as well as the postdoctoral scholars who did not agree to participate in the Pay for Family Care and Bonding (PFCB) option.
allows individuals up to 8 weeks of leave with 70% of their original pay.
The payment option is available to all unions that agreed to the deal and includes all of the same reasons that you would qualify for the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and/or California Family Rights Act (CFRA.)
DoNotPay Can Help You Get a Note for Maternity Leave
If you need to take family or for any reason, then you have come to the right place. DoNotPay's letter generator can help you generate a letter to help you tell you at your job that you will need time off for family reasons.
Whether you choose to take this time as family leave or maternity/paternity leave, all you have to do is follow the six simple steps below.
DoNotPay will create a letter that helps you explain to your supervisor why you need to take leave.
Just follow these easy steps:
- Tell us which state you work in (if you work in CA, NY, NJ, MA, WA, or DC, your state has a paid family leave program).
- Choose whether you want us to apply to the program for you or contact your employer with your leave request. If you want to apply for the program, we will walk you through the questions on the form and mail the application form for you.
- If you want us to contact your employer, enter your leave details, including the starting date, number of weeks of leave, and how many weeks of paid leave you are requesting (for example, you may take a 12 week leave, but only request 8 weeks of paid leave to make the request reasonable).
- Indicate whether you are the birth parent or not (birth parents have a few additional legal protections).
- Enter the name of your company and the person to address this request to.
- Select whether you want us to email the request to your employer on your behalf.
Once you provide us with the needed information, we will help you with the rest. We will generate a letter explaining your circumstances to your employer and we will send it to the email address you requested.
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