Disability & Maternity Leave

storkState Disability Insurance:

If you are planning on filing with the state for your disability, it is recommended to go online to start your claim. Please visit www.edd.ca.gov and click on  “File for State Disability” located under the File & Manage a Claim heading. From there please select the SDI Online Registration to begin your claim. SDI (Form DE2501). Once you have completed your portion, you will be given a RECEIPT NUMBER. Please email this number to our Disability Coordinator, Cynthia Vela-Hewitt at cynthia@goldengateobgyn.org.

How Much Will the State Pay Me?

How much the state will pay you depends on your earnings leading up to your maternity leave. This link will give you an idea of how much you can expect to get paid. Remember, the first 7 days of any disability is NOT paid and is considered a “waiting” period. The State will pay you beginning on day 8 of your disability leave. The State will allow women to take off 4 weeks prior to her due date for NORMAL pregnancies. There are circumstances where your provider will recommend you stop working prior to this date. Regardless of when you stop working, the State allows for time off up to 6 weeks for vaginal deliveries and 8 weeks for Cesarean sections.

Important Things to Note: 

The State is no longer accepting ‘future’ dated claims. You will need to file your claim on the “start” date of your maternity leave, or you have up to 49 days to file from your “start” date.
Also, while filing your claim you will need to indicate your last day worked in addition your ‘start’ date. These two dates cannot be the same as you cannot be disabled and be working. (Ex: If you last day of work is on a Thursday, you list your start date as the following day, Friday).  If you do put the same date your claim will be null and you will be required to file a brand new claim with appropriate dates.
If you have Employer Disability Forms. please email them to Cynthia at cynthia@goldengateobgyn.org, or fax them directly to her at (415) 230-2379. Be sure to indicate your last day of work, and the “start” date of your disability leave.
 
What is Paid Family Leave (PFL)?

Paid Family Leave (PFL), or also known as Baby Bonding, is six weeks of leave for any new parents of a biological child, an adoptive child or a foster child, and is paid by the State. You may utilize this six weeks of leave during the first year of the baby’s life, adoption, or within the first year of foster care. For patients utilizing their PFL benefits in conjunction with their SDI benefits, the State will send you these forms once your disability leave ends (your disability leave will end 6 weeks after birth for vaginal deliveries or 8 weeks after birth for Cesarean deliveries). There is no need for your provider to fill out PFL forms. You may fill it out and mail it to the State.

For people taking Paid Family Leave (PFL) that is not in conjunction with a maternity-disability leave (for example: partners and adoptive parents), the first 7 days of PFL is also not paid by the State as it too is considered a “waiting period”.

You do not have to take your 6 weeks of PFL consecutively. You may take a few weeks here and there as long as you take it within the first year. Any leave requested after the first year is not paid by the State. It’s a “use it or lose it” concept.

 

For further questions about your specific leave, please contact Cynthia by phone at, 415.831.2173 or by email at cynthia@goldengateobgyn.org. Cynthia can also be found on our patient portal!

 

Information on San Francisco Paid Parental Ordinance

Useful Forms:
If you work 40% or more in the city of San Francisco and your company has at least 20 employees, fill this out once you are aware of your weekly benefit amount from the State and return to your employer – UNLESS they have a more generous paretnal leave policy in place.
Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) – Certification of Health Care Provider for Employee’s Serious Health Condition. Not all employers require this form and they will let you know if they do. Some companies have their own version of this form as well.
This form is for the Spouse or other family members who would like to use FMLA to “care for” our patient. If you (our patient) need to care for a family member, you provider taking care of the patient would fill out this form. Again, not all employers require this and FMLA does not apply to all companies.