CA & Federal Laws Relating to Employee Medical Leave

Various state and federal laws ensure an employee’s right to fair treatment and pay. One quickly evolving area of California employment law relates to medical and family leave. Employees should be aware of medical and family leave laws and the extent to which they apply to a given employment situation.

FMLA and your rights as an employee

Federal law, under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) requires employers with fifty or more employees to provide certain employees with flexible leave options. This leave includes allowing up to twelve weeks of unpaid leave per year to recuperate from a serious health condition, to take care of a family member with a serious health condition, to care for a new child, or to handle certain situations arising from a family member’s military service.