Employees have the right – under specific circumstances – to take federally mandated leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The focus of this act is protecting employees who are facing adverse situations that could affect their jobs from losing them. California has a state version of the FMLA, which is called the California Family Rights Act (CFRA), and the legal requirements included either meet or exceed those of the FMLA. When an employee faces job loss as a result of protected circumstances, an experienced FMLA lawyer in San Francisco can help.
The California Family Rights Act ensures that those employers who employ at least five people are obligated to provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave in which employees’ jobs are protected in all the following situations:
In order to qualify for leave through CFRA, both the following must apply to the employee:
In order to take leave through CFRA, employees must notify their employers at least 30 days prior to being absent whenever it’s possible to do so. While employees are on leave, their employers are required to hold their job for them – or to hold a comparable job – while maintaining their healthcare benefits.
The Family and Medical Leave Act does not have as broad a reach as the CFRA. Consider the following differences:
Taking leave when needed can play an important role in an employee’s ability to uphold their familial responsibilities, and the State of California takes the matter seriously.
The accomplished FMLA attorneys at Minnis & Smallets in San Francisco focus the full force of their impressive experience and legal skill on resolving each claim as favorably as possible – in fierce protection of our clients’ legal rights. For more information about how we can help, please don’t put off contacting us today.
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