Birth Parents Blog

Pregnancy Disability Leave

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on March 18, 2009

If you live in California and your employer has 5 or more employees, the Pregnancy Disability Leave applies! An employer must allow an employee time off work if she has a pregnancy-related disability and the employer also must reinstate the employee to her prior position upon her release to return to work.

No matter how long she has been employed, a pregnant employee is entitled to Pregnancy Disability Leave (PDL) if she provides an appropriate medical certification. PDL should not be confused with other types of leave. It has two significant components:

1. The right for the employee to take up to four months leave and
2. The right to reinstatement in her position. Please call the California Labor Board for more information. Let your adoption professional also know. Print this out for your employer.