The Blog: Employee Leaves

California employers generally do not have to allow time off for employees. Major exceptions to this general rule, however, exist. Court appearances, family or personal medical issues, pregnancy, child school activities and drug rehab are only a few of the reasons for state-mandated leave at some companies. Our employment lawyers can help you establish record-keeping and administrative policies which can enable you to avoid potential Violations of Leave Laws.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

All Employers – the federal government has passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) which directly impacts all employers with up to 500 employees.
This is the first federal law passed to provide some relief to employees.  FFCRA contains several major provisions, three of which directly impact employers with up to 500 employees.
Two major emergency components require paid leave (with …

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Update: DOL Emergency Paid Sick Leave/Expanded FMLA Regulations

The content of this email/post is as of 3:03 pm, Sunday March 29, 2020.
HR 6201 Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) was enacted Wednesday, March 18, 2020.
FFCRA directed the Secretary of Labor (Department of Labor (DOL)) to issue regulations regarding it.
The DOL has not yet issued regulations (they have said they will do so by “April 2020”).  Meanwhile, DOL has …

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California Mandates Paid Sick Leave Effective July 1, 2015

The Governor signed AB 1522 into law on August 30, 2014, stating: “Tonight, the Legislature took historic action to help hardworking Californians. This bill guarantees that millions of workers – from Eureka to San Diego – won’t lose their jobs or pay just because they get sick.”
In the author’s experience, there aren’t many businesses that terminate hardworking employees “just because …

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New Law 2014 – Reasons for “Paid Family Leave” Expanded (SB 770)

First, we must start with saying this law (and title of the law) is a misnomer (that’s why it’s in “quotes”). 
The law provides for “Family Temporary Disability Insurance” (FTDI) which is intended to provide temporary wage replacement similar to State Disability Insurance (SDI).  Rather than for the individual’s own disability (SDI), however, FTDI allows temporary wage replacement for reasons relating to …

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Employee Leaves

Leave of Absence and Time Off

In our attorneys’ experience, leave of absence and time off is an often misunderstood area of employment and labor law for employers. Combined with other potential issues, such as the need for time off as a reasonable accommodation for a disability or the return to work on modified duty following a workers’ compensation leave, the …

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