Maternity Leave Overview

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Leave Protection

CA Pregnancy Disability Leave (PDL) allows employees to take up to 17 1/3 weeks of leave for pregnancy disability, or childbirth-related medical conditions. PDL may be taken on an intermittent, reduced hour, or continuous basis as certified by the healthcare provider.

Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides 12 weeks of unpaid job and benefit protection, if eligible.

California Family Rights Act (CFRA) provides additional 12 weeks of unpaid job and benefit protection, if eligible.

Income Replacement

VDI (short term disability)

Typically, 1-4 weeks prior to birth. VDI pays approximately 60% of weekly salary up to $1,540 per week for 2022 and approximately 40% of weekly salary is supplemented with sick/vacation or other available time offs. There is a 7 day waiting period before VDI pays and sick/vacation can be used during this time. FMLA runs during this period.

Typically, 6-8 weeks post-birth. Six weeks for normal birth, 8 weeks for cesarean section. VDI pays approximately 60% of weekly salary up to $1,540 per week for 2022 and approximately 40% of weekly salary is supplemented with sick/vacation or other available time offs. FMLA runs during this period

Once VDI ends, 12 weeks of CFRA/Baby Bonding begins.

CFRA, Paid Family Leave (PFL) & SF Paid Parental Leave (SFPPLO)

CFRA, if eligible, provides 12 weeks of baby bonding. Eight of the 12 weeks for baby bonding are paid with PFL. PFL pays approximately 60%, up to $1,540 per week in 2022. And, if eligible, SFPPLO pays approximately 40%. CFRA runs during this period.

Four remaining weeks of CFRA are paid with accrued vacation hours or are unpaid.

NOTE:

  • The 12 weeks of CFRA,  for the purpose of baby bonding, must be taken in two-week increments; shorter increments will be allowed on two occasions.
  • University-provided benefits remain intact while on a PDL, FMLA, and/or CFRA. Premiums will continue to be deducted from the pay you are receiving from USF.
  • Tristar administers FMLA/CFRA and VDI, PFL payments.

REQUESTING MATERNITY LEAVE:

  1. Tristar is the university's leave of absence administration partner.
  2. Notify your supervisor of your leave dates.
  3. Review Tristar's Leave Request Reporting Instructions.
  4. Contact Tristar at 1-844-702-2352 or http://usf.ess-absencetracker.com/.
  5. Email leaves@usfca.edu.