Paid Family Leave

Paid Family Leave

Through the VDI or SDI plan, employees are eligible for Paid Family Leave (PFL) benefits, which are payable up to six weeks in a 12-month period and may be taken intermittently. Employees, upon certification, may use PFL benefits to:

  • Care for an eligible family member (Child, Grandchild, Grandparent, Parent, Parent-In-Law, Sibling, Spouse, or Registered Domestic Partner;
  • Bond with a new child of the employee or the employee’s spouse/RDP/GF LDA; or
  • Bond with a child in connection with adoption or foster care of the child of the employee or the employee’s spouse/RDP/GF LDA.

Employees may apply for PFL benefits in USFWorks. Visit the USFWorks training web page for more information.

Requesting Paid Family Leave

To request paid family leave, please initiate your request in USFWorks or contact the leave manager at and complete a Leave of Absence Request (LOA) form, which is available on the HR Forms web page.

San Francisco Paid Parental Leave Ordinance

The San Francisco Paid Parental Leave Ordinance (PPLO) provides partial wage replacement to employees taking up to 6 weeks of leave to bond with a new child under the California Paid Family Leave (CA PFL). PPLO provides eligible employees with supplemental compensation equal to the difference between the employee’s California Paid Family Leave benefit and the employee’s normal gross weekly wages such that the employee receives 100% of their weekly salary, subject to a weekly maximum benefit amount. The six weeks of benefits may be taken during six consecutive weeks or may be taken intermittently up to a 12-month period from the first day of the leave.

To qualify for PPLO, an employee must, among other requirements, work in San Francisco at least 40% of the time and have commenced employment with the University at least 180 days prior to the start of the leave period. In addition, employees must agree in writing to reimburse the University if they voluntarily separate from employment within 90 days of the end of their leave period.