Paid Family Leave
Paid Family Leave (PFL) insurance is a state-mandated program that provides compensation for a period of up to 6 weeks in any 12-month period for individuals who take time off of work to care for a seriously ill child, spouse, parent, or domestic partner (as defined by Section 297 of the California Family Code), or to bond with a new child due to birth, adoption, or foster care placement.
By law, all employees participate in the program and are automatically enrolled the first day of employment; your contribution to PFL is included in your contribution to USC's basic disability plan. The state determines the annual rate and benefit amounts.
- Notify your supervisor and home department coordinator
- To file a claim, call Sedgwick CMS at (800) 495-2315 between the hours of 6 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. Pacific time
- Benefit payments begin after a 7-day waiting period
If you need time off to care for a seriously ill family member or bond with a new child (subject to the definitions above):
Benefits will not be paid if you are receiving disability, unemployment compensation, workers' compensation or wages. If leave is due to a seriously ill family member, that illness must be medically certified.
More information about PFL is available by calling the USC Disability Office at (213) 740-5875, or at USC's PFL website. The website helps explain how benefits under PFL relate to unpaid leave, job protection, the federal Family Care Medical Leave and California Family Rights Act.