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Navigating Family and Medical Leave (FMLA) Laws in California

Facing a family health crisis can be stressful enough without the added worry of job security. This is where state and federal leave laws play a crucial role in protecting workers. In California, employees are entitled to family, medical, and parental leave. If your employer denies you this right, legal action is a viable option.

California’s Strong Employee Protections: Understanding Your Leave Rights

California boasts some of the strongest employee protections in the United States. Both the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) grant eligible employees up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to tend to personal or family health needs. Importantly, your job is protected during this period.
Additionally, California’s Paid Family Leave (PFL) program allows eligible employees to receive a portion of their wages for up to 8 weeks during their leave. Despite these legal protections, some employers still wrongfully deny leave or retaliate against employees for exercising their rights.

How Goldfaden Benson Can Assist You

If you have been unfairly treated in relation to FMLA or CFRA leave, such as being denied leave, fired, or having your benefits discontinued, Goldfaden Benson can help. We work tirelessly to represent employees facing unfair treatment due to taking legally protected leave.

Federal Rights Under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

The FMLA is a nationwide protection that allows up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for various family and medical reasons, ensuring your job is secure upon your return. To be eligible, you must work for a qualifying employer and meet specific employment duration and hours criteria. This protection has been especially helpful for caregivers, who have used the protections to care for loved ones, and/or end of life needs.  

California State Family and Medical Leave Rights: The CFRA

While overlapping with the FMLA, the CFRA includes some distinct provisions. It covers more family members and applies to all private employers with 5 or more employees, without the 75-mile worksite requirement. Recent changes have expanded the CFRA’s definition of family, offering broader coverage for California employees.

Understanding Paid Family Leave (PFL) Benefits in California

The PFL program complements unpaid leave laws by providing financial support for eligible employees during family or medical leave. This program is critical for those who cannot afford to take unpaid time off, offering a substantial portion of regular wages for up to 8 weeks.

Protecting Your Rights: Legal Support for Family and Medical Leave Issues

If you face challenges with your employer over your right to protected leave, Goldfaden Benson is here to help. We understand the complexities of employment law and can guide you through your options. Our firm operates on a contingency fee basis, meaning you pay no upfront costs – our fees are recovered only when we win your case.

Contact Goldfaden Benson for a Free Consultation

Don’t navigate the complexities of family and medical leave laws alone. If your employer is not respecting your legal rights, contact Goldfaden Benson for a free consultation by calling 619-333-5100 or submitting your information via our form online. Our experienced team in San Diego is dedicated to ensuring your rights are protected while you focus on your family’s health and well-being. Call us at 619-333-5100 for expert legal support.

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