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Grant program supports small businesses while their employees are out of work on California Paid Family Leave (PFL)

The California Employment Training Panel and California Labor and Workforce Development Agency have funded a grant program to support small employers while their employees are out of work on California Paid Family Leave (CAPFL). 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. Paid Family Leave can be used by an employee to bond with a new child (through birth, adoption, or foster care) or to care for a seriously ill family member.     

Payments are made directly to the employer and will 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.  

Eligibility:  

  • Small businesses in California with 1-100 employees who have at least one (1) employee utilizing California’s Paid Family Leave program (on or after June 1, 2022)
  • Businesses must be registered to do business in the State of California  
  • Be in active status with the California Secretary of State’s Office;  
  • Have an active California Employer Account Number (CEAN) under which their employees are listed for payroll    

NOTE: Small businesses utilizing a Professional Employer Organization (PEO) for payroll services are not eligible to participate.   

Paid Family Leave Grant Amounts:  

  • Businesses with 51-100 employees may receive up to $1,000 per employee utilizing Paid Family Leave.   
  • Businesses with 1-50 employees may receive up to $2,000 per employee utilizing Paid Family Leave.    

The grant period for the program is June 1, 2022 through May 31, 2024. There does not appear to be a limit to the number of times an employer can apply for the grant as employees go out on CA PFL.
 

How to Apply:

To learn more about the CA PFL grant program, or apply for a grant, visit CaliforniaPFL.com.