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The Ins and Outs of Paid Family Leave and Related Rights for Caregivers

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November is National Family Caregivers month, but we all know caregivers work year-round to provide care and support for their loved ones. It can be tricky to navigate how to take paid leave from work while caring for a family member. It often involves multiple steps and can be difficult to find comprehensive answers. This webinar from Legal Aid at Work will walk through how to apply for Paid Family Leave and how to protect your job while taking leave to care for your loved ones, including tips on how to speak to your employer.


Sharon Terman is Director of the Work and Family Program and Senior Staff Attorney at Legal Aid at Work, a nonprofit legal advocacy organization that advances the workplace rights of families with low incomes. Sharon counsels and represents employees facing family medical crises, advocates for policy and systems change to promote family-supportive workplaces, and educates the community. She is an expert on family and medical leave policies and has helped craft several landmark laws improving California’s work-family policies. She has provided expert testimony before Congress, the California Legislature, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and she served on Governor Newsom’s Paid Family Leave Task Force. Sharon received her B.A. from U.C. Berkeley and her J.D. from Stanford Law School.

Sela Steiger (she/her) is a staff attorney in the Work and Family Program and Legal Aid at Work. She provides legal advice and representation to pregnant workers and new parents, workers struggling with family and medical crises, and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Sela also presents trainings on new parent and caregiving leave laws and engages in policy advocacy to advance the rights of working families.

Sela received her J.D. from UC Davis School of Law – King Hall. During her time in law school, Sela represented clients in Title IX actions and domestic violence restraining order requests as a member of the UC Davis Family Protection and Legal Assistance Clinic. She also worked as a law clerk for the Children’s Law Center, the Family Violence Appellate Project, and Public Advocates.

This webinar is funded by Alameda County Department of Adult and Aging Services, Contra Costa County Area Agency on Aging, the City and County of San Francisco Department of Disability and Aging Services, San Mateo County Aging and Adult Services, Sourcewise, the California Department of Aging and the AARP Foundation.