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  • Who qualifies for more than 12 weeks of leave?

    If you gave birth to a baby, you may qualify for up to 16 weeks of leave.

    You may also be eligible for up to 16 weeks if you have a personal medical event and family caregiving event happen in the same year–like recovering from a surgery and caring for an ill family member.

    In cases related to complications in pregnancy, you may be able to take up to 18 weeks.

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  • I had a baby in 2019. Can I still apply for benefits?

    You have 12 months from the date of a child’s birth, adoption or placement to take your paid leave. That means that if your child was born or placed in your family after January 2, 2019, you can still take leave in 2020, but you may not qualify for the full 12 to 16 weeks of paid leave.

    For example, if your child was born February 1, 2019, you qualify for paid leave from January 1 until February 1, 2020. But if your child joined your family on May 25, 2019, you can apply for benefits and take your full leave any time before May 25, 2020.

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  • I am self-employed or employed by a federally recognized tribe. How do I get paid leave?

    If you’re self-employed, you can opt-in to Paid Family and Medical Leave. If you are employed by a federally recognized tribe, your tribe can opt-in.

    To opt in, you agree to pay a small premium (about 0.25% of your income) for three years. After that, you can participate on an annual basis. You also need to report your wages every quarter.

    You can qualify for paid leave in 2020 as long as you commit to contributing a premium for three years. Learn more about opting in.

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  • How much does Paid Family and Medical Leave cost?

    Paid Family and Medical Leave is funded through small contributions that come from both employees and many employers. The amount you pay varies by how much you earn. For example, an employee who makes $50,000 a year pays about $2.44 each week through payroll deductions.

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