As is the case in any state, California employers are required to comply with the federal and state laws which allow eligible employees to take unpaid leave in certain situations. While state and federal law mandates fairness in relation to medical leave, many employers unfairly treat individuals seeking to take advantage of these rights. If you believe you have been denied your rights as an employee, contact an attorney to begin the process of taking legal action.
What is Family Medical Leave?
Under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), eligible employees are allowed to take unpaid leave (with the right to reinstatement) in certain situations. Additionally, the state of California has several laws that allow employees to take leave for family and health reasons. As an employee in California, it is important to understand if you are covered by one or more of these laws.
Federal FMLA Rights
Eligible employees may take up to 12 weeks of leave in order to bond with a new child, deal with a serious health condition, or prepare for a family member’s military service. Additional leave is available for employees needing more time to care for a family member who was seriously injured while on military duty.
FMLA: Who is Eligible?
In California, employers with at least 50 employees must comply with the FMLA. Employees are eligible for protected leave if:
- They have worked for the company for one year or more
- They worked 1,250 hours or more in the previous year, and
- They work at a location with a minimum of 50 employees within a 75-mile radius
California State Laws
In addition to the FMLA, California has a handful of medical leave laws of its own. These include the California Family Rights Act, which has laws regarding military family leave, pregnancy disability leave, domestic violence leave, and small necessities.
Know Your Rights
If you are an employee in California, it is important to understand your rights as an individual. If you believe you have been improperly treated, contact an attorney to learn more about your rights regarding family medical leave.
Mann & Elias
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