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Time for dad: A brief guide to family leave in California

On Behalf of | Jan 25, 2024 | Employment Law

Fatherhood should never be treated like an afterthought in employment. Under California law, it is recognized as a vital part of early childhood development.

Both new mothers and fathers have the right to take time off when they expand their family.

Family leave is not just for moms

Dads in the Golden State have strong protections that allow them to take leave and spend time bonding with a newborn, adopted or foster child. Here are some ways that both state and federal law guarantee these critical rights.

  • California’s Family Rights Act (CFRA) offers up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for caregivers of a new child.
  • The federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) also provides up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave.
  • The New Parent Leave Act (NPLA) extends family leave rights to those who may not be eligible for FMLA or CFRA, such as workers in smaller companies.
  • The state Paid Family Leave (PFL) program provides partially paid leave to those who do not qualify for leave under the CFRA or FMLA.

These laws guarantee job security while giving you plenty of time to bond with your little one, ensuring a smooth transition back to work. Under all but the PFL, your employer must protect your job until you return.

Remember, these are just some highlights of the many ways that California law protects the rights of all employees. If your employer says that you are ineligible for family leave, do not take it on their word alone. Seek out the facts of the law and get experienced legal guidance.

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