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What’s the California Family Rights Act?

On Behalf of | Mar 31, 2022 | Employers' responsibility

Workers in California have the right to a leave of absence under certain circumstances based on a law that was revamped in 2021. SB 1383 is the new California Family Rights Act. Previously, the law only covered larger employers. The previous rule was that the company had to have any number of workers within a 75-mile radius of the site where the employee works. 

Under the new bill, all employers who have at least five employees, regardless of their location, have to provide this leave to qualified employees. There are a few points employees should know regarding this leave of absence.

Integration with other kinds of workplace leave

The CFRA runs concurrently with the Family and Medical Leave Act. It runs consecutively with the Pregnancy Disability Leave. Both parents must be given this leave under the CFRA even if they work for the same employer

Qualifying for leave under the CFRA

In order to qualify for leave under the CFRA, the person has to have worked at least 1,250 hours within the prior 12-month period. It provides up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave after the birth or adoption of a child, to care for themselves, or to care for certain family members who are ill or disabled. There are also provisions for military service.

People who think they should be entitled to leave under the CFRA should ensure those rights are met when the time comes. It’s important that they understand the law and how it applies to them. They may opt to work with someone who’s familiar with this area of the law so they can find out their options and set a plan accordingly.