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How To Apply For Maternity Disability In CA

Last updated: December 23, 2023

Maternity disability leave is a woman's time off work while she takes care of her pregnancy or when giving birth. Employees in California can get up to 4 months’ worth if they are physically unable due to this event and stay on it until they recover enough, as longs as you meet certain requirements with regards to your employer’s policy!

Requirements To Meet For Maternity Disability Leave

If you're wondering how to get a short-term disability granted while pregnant, the first step is to speak with your human resources department to learn more about your choices.

California employees are eligible for pregnancy disability leave if two conditions are met: The employee must be disabled as a result of her pregnancy, delivery, or another medical condition; and the employer must be covered under California's pregnancy disability leave law, which covers most firms with five or more employees. 

If these conditions are met, the woman may take leave while she is still incapacitated as a result of her pregnancy, childbirth, or another medical condition. However, the leave cannot be longer than four months (per pregnancy).

The Short-term Disability Program

California, Hawaii, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island are among the states that have state-mandated short-term disability programs. Employees may be eligible for benefits in these states if they are temporarily unable to work due to a condition, such as pregnancy. These benefits are frequently paid through a state fund that is derived from payroll deductions.

Employees' short-term disability insurance may have been obtained by your employer. If you are covered by one of these programs, speak with your HR department or benefits provider to learn more about the eligibility requirements, benefit levels, and other details.

To learn more about different kinds of disabilities, their eligibility criteria, and benefits visit us at Disability Help.

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