California Family Rights Act
The California Family Rights Act is one of the most progressive laws in the country when it comes to establishing and enforcing the right of workers to take a medical leave of absence from their jobs without fear of termination. It goes further than the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to protect you in the event that a serious illness strikes you or a family member and forces you to leave work temporarily.
The law firm of Reisner & King LLP, helps workers in Sherman Oaks and the Los Angeles area assert their legal rights. If you have been denied your rightful medical leave, we will help you obtain compensation from your current or former employer.
Your Medical Leave Rights Under CFRA
Under the California Family Rights Act (CFRA), qualifying employees are entitled to up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave each year. Legitimate reasons to request leave under CFRA include:
- The employee has a newborn baby
- The employee has adopted a child or has begun fostering a child
- The employee is unable to work due to a medical reason
- The employee’s spouse, child or parent has a serious medical condition
The employer must give the worker his or her job back once he or she returns from leave. To be eligible, the worker must have worked with his or her current employer for at least 52 weeks and have worked at least 1,250 hours in that time. Unlike FMLA, there is no minimum workforce exemption; whether your employer has two or 2,000 employees, you may qualify for leave under CFRA.
Standing Up For California Workers’ Rights
A business may try to avoid its legal duties under CFRA by wrongfully denying a leave request, or retaliating against the worker upon his or her return. The law gives you the power to sue for damages if that occurs. Our employment law attorneys are prepared to help you take on the company to collect damages and help ensure that no other workers are mistreated.