Did you know that you could receive up to twelve work weeks of qualified family leave due to the California Family Rights Act(CFRA)? It provides unpaid job protection benefits for private companies “who do business in California” and employ 50 or more part or full time employees. The employer must post the notice in a conspicuous area, and will cover family leave scenarios such as:
- For the serious health condition of the employee's
child, parent or spouse- Employee's own serious health condition
- Placement of a child in the employee's family for adoption or foster care
- Birth of a child for purposes of bonding
Employees who are CFRA covered must have worked for the employer for the last twelve months and accumulated 1,250 hours of service during the past year prior to commencement of the leave. The notice can be verbal, but the employee needs to provide a reasonable notice in at least thirty days in advance to the employer.
When an employee takes their leave, the employer must continue all health benefit programs for the duration they are absent. These programs include health insurance, life insurance, disability insurance, etc.
If the reason for your leave is for a seriously ill family member, or the employee's personal illness, certain medical forms must be completed. They need to be returned to the employer for verification after being signed by a licensed physician.
How We Can Help
The CFRA makes it illegal for employers to refuse to give employees time off if they request it for covered family or medical care. If you are facing a family or medical problem and you are concerned for your job security, an experienced labor and employment lawyer from Kingsley & Kingsley can evaluate your case and explain your rights under the law. Take advantage of a free initial consultation to discuss your specific case by calling the toll free number (888) 500-8469 or click here to contact us regarding your case.