California offers some of the most extensive benefits for maternity leave of all of the 50 states.
All private employers who have more than 50 employees are required to allow parents to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid family leave (complying with FMLA). But they also get up to 4
months of unpaid maternity disability for a total of 28 weeks per year.
California also has certain circumstances that employees can receive paid leave. For employees who have worked at least 12 months prior to the leave (working a minimum of 125 hours in those 12 months) 6 weeks of paid leave are available through the California Paid Family Leave insurance program.
The amount of this benefit is about 55% of the employee’s weekly wage (maxing out at $1067). It can be used for caring for a sick family member in several different circumstances as well as bonding with a new child.