Are you an expecting mother applying for maternity leave in California!, then you have come to the right place. In this video, I will explain in depth all the documentation that you need and documents you need to be prepared for. 1. know your rights 2. Complete the certification form: 3. You will also need to know how many sick days and vacation days you have and based on the company policy if you can use your sick leave/PTO following delivery. 4. Check with your employer on the insurance coverage for you during your leave and how will they be paid through your paycheck, do you want to pay the insurance premiums after your leave begins or before. 5. Know if you are eligible for FMLA and CFRA? Usually, to be eligible for FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act) and CFRA (California Family Rights Act), most companies have the requirement that they need to complete at least one year of service with the company. 6. Know your eligibility under the California Pregnancy Disability Leave (PDL): In California, you can take up to 4 months of unpaid leave. So here is the tricky part, yes you are eligible to take 4 months, but only HCP can determine how long you may need and typically, in the US it is 6 weeks for normal and 8 weeks for C-section, and following this period your HCP will see your recovery and will determine if an extension of the leave is required. So, this is not a default. All these leaves: FMLA, CFRA, PDL are unpaid leaves. 7. Know your company’s Short term disability benefits This is what will cover for your pay as you will only be receiving 60% of the pay from the state. Things to do after you leave your work: So now this is tricky, so when you start your leave varies for each person, so you can choose to not work during the last month of your pregnancy or work until the last day of pregnancy. But once your leave begins, you are eligible to apply for California State Disability Insurance. I say California, is because a lot of states don’t have this benefit, and the reason California provides this option is that California State takes 1% from their paycheck. Now, this insurance is not just eligible for new mothers, but there are several other criteria and you can read more about this at the edd.ca.gov website link in the description box. https://www.edd.ca.gov/disability/am_i_eligible_for_di_benefits.htm So SDI kicks in after 7 calendar day waiting period. SDI does not pay 100% of your earnings, they only support around 60% of your earnings, and also there is a cap on how much you can earn. In 2019, it was ~$1250 a week. To apply for SDI you need an email address and a driver’s license or state ID. See a demo on how to login to edd.ca.gov and create an account. You can also apply for these benefits online. I will show you how to create this account online. But the main thing that you have to remember is you have to apply within the 49th day of your disability i.e. by 7 weeks of your baby’s delivery at the latest. Things to do while you are on leave: If you need a leave extension, then you have to let your employer know as soon as possible and usually, you have to let them know at least 2 weeks ahead so that they can make changes accordingly. Usually, employers also ask for proof of payments for their records. You can decide not to go to work, know your company policy on how they handle insurance payments. Usually, the company asks to reimburse your health insurance premium, but this may not be applicable to everyone. Things to do after the baby is born: As soon as the baby is born, within 30 days, you have to add baby to your insurance. Disclaimer: Always speak with your employer on what is provided by your company and its policies, this video is created only with an intention to give a rough sketch of things/documents that you should expect to prepare or submit. Documents and their types will vary based on the state and company policies. Playlists: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7JE9rfp0EOPHGLboo-OtkijTeJp_gEFX https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBOlGM_6wYQ&list=PL7JE9rfp0EOPf-e3ydhD171wEknCXB1Hd https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7JE9rfp0EOM9APCewG-RPm0oKs8tt_CK https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7JE9rfp0EOPjbUqZOO75oXRcSrNdeTKl https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7JE9rfp0EON3k51NZljcdZdFpT5SAulX Also, you can follow me on: https://www.instagram.com/karnikavlogs/ https://www.facebook.com/karnika.vlogs.5 https://www.pinterest.com/karnikavlog… https://twitter.com/KarnikaVlogs https://curiouskarnika.wordpress.com/ If you like my video! don’t forget to like, share, and subscribe. See you in my next video. Until then.. Hima.