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California FMLA Guidelines For Employers

California FMLA And Leave Law Guidelines And Requirements

The Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a federal law that applies to employer organizations with 50 or more employees for 20 or more workweeks in the current or previous calendar year.

The Family & Medical Leave Act does not take the place of other sources of leave, including California's FMLA and other state leave laws. To the extent an organization subject to the FMLA is also subject to a state leave law, it must comply with both the FMLA and the state leave law.

The challenge in coordinating compliance with federal and state law is that the state leave laws may differ from FMLA law in employee eligibility criteria, as well as the length and type of protection.

California's FMLA And Other Leave Laws

In addition to FMLA laws, employers in California must also comply with:FMLA Training & Certification Program
  • California Family Rights Act (CFRA)
    Though eligibility for CFRA is the same as for FMLA, employers should check with legal counsel regarding the application of this law.
  • New Parent Leave Act
    Under the New Parent Leave Act, employers with between 20 and 49 employees must provide eligible employees with up to 12 weeks of leave to bond with a new child.
  • California Military Family Leave
    Employers with at least 25 employees must allow eligible employees to take up to ten days of unpaid leave while a spouse is on leave from deployment during a period of military conflict.
  • California Pregnancy Disability Leave
    Employers with at least five employees must give employees a reasonable period of leave for disability relating to pregnancy, childbirth, or related conditions. This period is not to exceed four months. Pregnancy disability leave doesn't count against an employee's leave entitlement under the California Family Rights Act or New Parent Leave Act.
  • California Small Necessities Law
    Employers with at least 25 employees must give employees up to 40 hours of unpaid leave in any 12-month period, not to exceed eight hours in a single month, to participate in activities at a child's school or daycare.
  • California Domestic Violence Leave
    All employers must allow employees to take unpaid leave to obtain a restraining order or seek other judicial relief from domestic violence for the employee or the employee's child. In addition, employers with at least 25 employees must allow employees who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking to take time off to:
    • Seek medical treatment
    • Obtain services from a rape crisis center or domestic violence shelter or program
    • Get counseling
    • Engage in safety planning and/or relocate
How To Determine Whether FMLA Guidelines Or State Guidelines Apply In California

Here are some guidelines if your organization is subject to both FMLA and California leave law:
  • If an eligible employee wishes to take a leave that is covered under both the state leave law and the FMLA, then generally the leave can be run concurrently. In other words, it can be counted towards satisfying the requirements under both state and federal law simultaneously
  • If an eligible employee wishes to take a leave covered under the FMLA, but not also covered under the state leave law, that leave can only count towards satisfaction of the FMLA requirements. The total amount of leave available under the state law would still be available to that employee
  • If an eligible employee wishes to take a leave covered under the state leave law, but not also covered under the FMLA, that leave can only count towards satisfaction of the state leave law. The total amount of leave available under the FMLA (e.g., 12 weeks or 26 weeks) would still be available to the employee
Note: The above is excerpted from our FMLA Training & Certification Program.

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More Info On California FMLA Leave Law

For specific information on California's FMLA and other leave laws, contact:

California Labor & Workforce Development Agency
800 Capitol Mall, Suite 5000 (MIC-55)
Sacramento, CA 95814
916-653-9900
email@labor.ca.gov
https://www.labor.ca.gov/







Disclaimer: This information provided is based on state laws and regulations, and is subject to change. While we make every effort to asure this information is current and accurate, it is not engaged in rendering legal or professional advice, and shall not be held responsible for inaccuracies contained herein.
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