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Protecting People When They Need Extended Leave
The California Family Rights Act (CFRA) allows employees to take 12 weeks of paid leave from their jobs during a 12-month period. While on leave, employees receive the same employer-provided healthcare benefits as they did while on the job and cannot lose their jobs during their leave or because they need to take it.
According to California law, the following reasons are valid to take leave under this statute:
- Birth of a child
- Adoption or foster care placement of a child
- To care for a spouse, child, or parent with a serious ailment or injury
- When the employee is themselves affected by a serious ailment or injury
At Haeggquist & Eck, LLP, we help employees find relief and peace of mind when they need to care for themselves or an immediate family member. You’re dealing with enough as it is, and the stresses of work put a strain on your ability to do what’s necessary to ensure proper care is taken for a new child, a sick or injured family member, or yourself.
Key Distinction Concerning Pregnancy
Although the CFRA functions much like the Federal Family and Medical Leave Act, California law allows pregnant women to more time off before and following the births of their children.
Under federal law, pregnancy is covered as a “serious health condition” for which women can take a protected leave from work. The birth of a child is another valid reason to take this leave, however, taking a combined amount of leave for both reasons is not permitted.
In California, the law concerning leave for pregnancy is much more forgiving. A woman can go on a separate Pregnancy Disability Leave of up to 16 weeks if their employer has five or more employees. The CFRA further permits the mother to take an additional 12 weeks of leave following the birth of their child for care and bonding. If you think you’re not being given the amount of time for leave that you deserve, reach out to a California Family Rights Act attorney in San Diego who can help.
Call Haeggquist & Eck, LLP at (619) 468-5222 for more information about how our services can help you.
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