My employer has us enrolled in a voluntary plan for disability insurance. Because I have not been employed by this company for 12 months, they are telling me that they will not cover my paid FMLA leave once my disability (for pregnancy) is over. However, they did say that if I wanted, they would grant me a 6 week UNPAID leave of absence. Can I forego my employers voluntary plan and simply apply for the state EDD benefits (which will automatically entitle me to PAID FMLA).I made a mistake. I was talking about PFL (Paid Family Leave). Can I apply for PFL through the EDD, even if I am not paid through the EDD for my disability leave?
Just to make sure the terms are very clear here, FMLA leave is never paid leave. FMLA allows the employee to take unpaid leave. If that leave is paid, it is because some other device provides compensation for that leave.
If you do not qualify for a private disability insurance benefit, you can apply for the EDD benefits. If the private disability plan only covers a certain portion of your leave, you can apply for the EDD benefits to cover the part that is not covered.
Good luck to you.
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I agree with Neil Pedersen. Good luck to you!
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