Taking Protected Time Off


The California Family Rights Act requires private employers with 5 or more employees to provide eligible employees with up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave to bond with a child, care for their own serious health condition, or care for a family member with a serious health condition.Under the California Family Rights Act, a family member includes siblings, grandparents, grandchildren, domestic partners and adult children.  

A serious health condition is an illness, injury, impairment, or physical or mental condition that requires:

  • Any period of incapacity or treatment in connection with, or after health services received after an individual is admitted to the hospital;
  • Any period of incapacity that requires absence from, work, school, or other regular activities for more than three (3) consecutive calendar days;
  • Restorative dental or plastic surgery after an accident or injury 

Leave may also be taken for “a qualifying exigency related to the covered active duty or call to covered active duty of an employee's spouse, domestic partner, child, or parent in the Armed Forces of the United States” as specified in section 3302.2 of the Unemployment Insurance Code.

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