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Paid Family Leave Small Business Grant for Empoyers

Paid Family Leave Small Business Grant for Empoyers

Small businesses in California with 1-100 employees with at least one (1) employee who have utilized California’s Paid Family Leave (PFL) program (on or after June 1, 2022) are eligible to apply for grants up to $2,000 to offset the increased costs associated with their employee(s) out on leave.

California’s Paid Family Leave program allows California workers to take paid leave to bond with a new child (through birth, adoption, or foster care) or to care for a seriously ill family member. 

Back on July 1, 2020, the PFL program expanded benefits from six (6) to eight (8) weeks for all businesses regardless of size. At that same time, the legislature has expanded the California Family Rights Act, which provides up to a twelve (12) week non-paid protected leave to eligible employees working for businesses with 5 or more employees (whereas previously the employer only needed to employ 50 or more employees). These changes may have caused a hardship for you and this grant program is designed to less the financial burden on employers.

Pay Outs & Grant Eligibility

The PFL Small Business Grant will pay up to $2,000 to small businesses impacted by paid family leave to offset costs related to hiring or cross-training. 

Payments are made directly to the employer and are designed to cover costs for:   

  • Training/cross-training existing staff to cover the duties of the employee on PFL; 
  • Marketing, recruitment, and other reasonably foreseeable training costs.  

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