California Protected Leave Laws
There’s good news and bad news about protected leave laws in California. The good news is that California has some of the broadest and most employee-favorable leave laws in the country. The bad news is that it can be very confusing to figure out which ones you are eligible for and how to apply. FMLA, CFRA, PLF, and the list goes on. It can sound like alphabet soup sometimes. That’s why it is important to speak to a licensed California employment lawyer if you have questions about your protected leave rights. Davtyan Law Firm is a Glendale-based law firm that exclusively handles employment law issues on behalf of workers across every corner of California. If you have questions about protected and paid leave laws in California, call Davtyan Law Firm today.
Types of Protected Leave in California
There are over a dozen types of protected leaves in California. Here are a few of the most common ones:
- Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) – This is a federal act that requires employers to allow a worker time off and offer them their job back if they are sick or a family member needs to be cared for. While this is the most common type of protected leave, it is important to note that this act does not require your employer to pay you during your leave.
- California Family Rights Act (CFRA) – Similar to the FMLA, the CFRA allows employees to take up to 12 weeks of paid or unpaid leave if they are sick, if they have or adopt a baby, or need to care for a family member. Under this law, employees are able to keep their employer-paid health insurance benefits during their leave.
- California Paid Family Leave (PFL) – This program is administered by the Employment Development Department of the State of California. Eligible workers can receive up to 8 weeks of paid leave to care for a sick family member, bond with a new child (both biological and adopted), or for certain military-related events.
Do I Qualify For Paid Protected Leave?
Each type of protected leave has its own set of requirements. Some types of leave are only available to workers that are employed by a company with over 25 or 50 employees. The CFRA, however, applies to employers who have as few as 5 employees. There are also usually requirements of how long you had to have been employed before you can take protected leave. Because every situation is different, it is best to speak to your human resources department or to a licensed attorney to understand your options.
Need Legal Help? Call Davtyan Law Firm
The legal team at Davtyan Law Firm helps workers all over the state of California protect their employment rights. Whether you are in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, or anywhere else in the state, we may be able to help you get the compensation you are owed by your employer. Our law firm handles all kinds of employment law issues including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, wage & hour issues, and more.
If you think you need employment law help, it is important that you speak with an experienced employment law attorney as soon as possible. Call Davtyan Law Firm today to discuss your claim with one of our friendly team members.