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Specializes in Telemetry, CCU.

Here's the situation: my husband and I are relocating to a new city. We're in the process of selling our current home and buying a new one. If the house sells quickly, I'll be about 18 weeks pregnant when we move. If I apply for a permanent job, I'll only be working for 4-5 months before going on maternity leave for 4 months. If I take a travel assignment, I won't feel bad about leaving when it's done but I'm not sure if I'll qualify for Paid Family Leave if I'm between jobs.

The other dilemma is that I've been away from bedside for about nine months and I think I'd like to go back into it but I'm not sure. It's seems like traveling would be a good way to find out but I'm afraid of hurting my back again.

Any opinions from nurses who are familiar with California SDI and PFL requirements? I've been paying into SDI for several years and qualify for benefits. How long does the hiring process take for travelers? When should I start applying if I want to start work in January? Should I just forget about traveling (since I really won't be leaving the city I'm moving to) and just go for a permanent position since that's my ultimate goal anyway?

Eligibility under FMLA requires 1,250 hours worked for an eligible employer. So that is out from what you post says unless your husband qualifies.

California reqirements appear to be looser, requiring that you have earned only $300 to be eligible for family leave. I would suggest calling them to get more info.

If if you injure your back on the job, you are fully eligible to get workers comp and disability on day one in any state.

CABG patch kid, BSN, RN

Specializes in Telemetry, CCU.

Eligibility under FMLA requires 1,250 hours worked for an eligible employer. So that is out from what you post says unless your husband qualifies.

California reqirements appear to be ooser, requiring that you have earned only $300 to be eligible for family leave. I would suggest calling them to get more info.

If if you injure your back on the job, you are fully eligible to get workers comp and disability on day one in any state.

I know I will not quality for FMLA which is job protection. I will qualify for State Disability Insurance when I'm no longer able to perform try job due to physical disability (pregnancy). Paid Family Leave is another 6 weeks paid time off, I'm just not sure the requirement on this one. I'm not sure if I qualify for that if I'm not employed.