New family leave rights incorporates former CFRA and adds protections
With the new year comes a new California family leave law. The new law replaces the former California Family Rights Act (CFRA). The new law also absorbs and expands key protections of the now-repealed New Parent Leave Act.
To be eligible for 12 weeks of job-protected unpaid family leave in a 12‑month period, an employee must work for the employer at least 1,250 hours in the prior 12‑month period. A leave-eligible employee may elect, or be required, to use accrued employer-provided vacation leave if the leave is to care for others. The employee and employer may agree to the employee’s use of accrued sick leave if the leave is to care for the employee’s own serious health condition.
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