UC’s Pay for Family Care and Bonding (PFCB) program, introduced on July 1, 2021, as part of UC’s commitment to family-friendly policies, programs and benefits, is expanding. In 2023, the PFCB income replacement will increase from 70% to 100% of eligible earnings.
Beginning in 2023, the PFCB pay option will provide income replacement of 100% of eligible earnings for up to eight workweeks per calendar year to replace the income that employees would otherwise lose during an approved Family and Medical Leave taken for a qualifying reason. For monthly paid employees, PFCB income replacement will increase beginning with the pay period that starts on Jan. 1, 2023. For biweekly paid employees, PFCB income replacement will increase beginning with the pay period that starts on Dec. 25, 2022.
The increase from 70% to 100% income replacement will be available for qualifying leaves starting in 2022 and bridging to 2023, as well as to qualifying leaves beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2023.
PFCB is available for Family and Medical Leaves taken in a block of one workweek or more for the following qualifying reasons:
- Caring for a family member with a serious health condition
- Bonding with a new child
- Military Caregiver Leave
- Qualifying Exigency Leave
PFCB is not available for use towards FML taken for an employee’s own serious health condition or pregnancy disability. Please refer to Your Guide to UC Disability Benefits and consult your location leave coordinator to learn more about available pay options for FML taken for a personal health condition or pregnancy disability.
While an employee is receiving PFCB, UC will continue to cover its share of premium costs for health and welfare benefits. Employees cannot use any paid leave accruals (such as sick leave, vacation or PTO) while they are being paid through PFCB.
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