Family Leave helps employees balance their work and family responsibilities by allowing them to take reasonable unpaid leave for certain family and medical reasons. It also seeks to accommodate the legitimate interests of employers and promote equal employment opportunity for men and women.
The federal Family and Medical Leave Act and the California Family Rights Act give eligible employees certain rights.
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Question and answers on the Family and Medical Leave Act - PDF | Question and answers on the Family and Medical Leave Act - Text Only (RTF)
You're entitled to a one year unpaid, job-protected leave of absence for birth or adoption. You may use leave credits to receive pay for some or all of the time off.
For birth, you can also use
You're entitled to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave per year. This applies when you care for
The law requires the employer to continue making the normal contributions to your health, dental, and vision benefits while you're on family and medical leave.
Departments may grant an unpaid leave of absence for up to one year for various reasons such as caring for a new child, family crises, or family activities. Such leave may be extended when unusual circumstances warrant it. Check with your personnel office if contemplating using such leave.
If you care for a family service member with a serious illness or injury received in the line of active duty, you're entitled to 26 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave per year.
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Use the forms linked below to claim your leave rights.
You're entitled to 12 weeks of leave when a family National Guard or State Reserve member is called to duty by the federal government. You can claim qualifying exigency leave for:
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