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At Romero Law, our experienced Pasadena employment law attorneys work tireless to help ensure California employees not only understand their workplace rights, but have the legal resources they need to protect them.

When workers require protection for unpaid medical leave for various circumstances and emergencies, both state and federal laws that provide the assurances they need to know their jobs are safe.

Here is what all California workers need to know about their rights, and how the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and state California Family Rights Act (CFRA) protect them.

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Who Does the Federal Family Medical Leave Act Protect?

FMLA applies to all public agencies, all public and private elementary and secondary schools, and companies with 50 or more employees.

The Act protects employees working for eligible companies to take up to 12 work weeks per year of unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons. It also provides a continuation of group health insurance coverage under the same terms and conditions as if the employee had not taken leave.

Eligible employees must:

  • Have worked for the company for at least one year.
  • Have worked at least 1,250 hours the previous year with the company.
  • Have worked at a location with 50 employees within a 75-mile radius of the location.

The medical leave protections are for employees:

  • To recover from a serious health condition that requires added treatment or inpatient care.
  • For the birth of bonding of a child or adoption of a child by the worker.
  • For the serious health condition of a spouse, parent, or child.

Employees may be eligible for twenty-six workweeks of leave during a single 12-month period to care for a covered servicemember with a severe injury or illness if the eligible employee is the servicemember’s spouse, son, daughter, parent, or next of kin.

Under FMLA, employers may not retaliate against employees who request leave under the federal provisions outlined in the Act.

If you have been denied the right to take federally afforded medical leave for a qualifying purpose, contact our skilled FMLA attorneys in Pasadena to discuss your case during a free consultation.

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Who Does the California Family Rights Act Protect?

Although they work in conjunction, CFRA supplies additional protections from FMLA.

The Act includes California-specific protections for:

  • Registered Domestic Partners, just as FMLA protects spouses.
  • Pregnancy is covered as a serious health condition.

California also expanded CFRA laws to entitle pregnant employees up to 16 weeks when they are employed by a company with five or more employees through Pregnancy Disability Leave (PDL).

When California employees’ FMLA, CFRA, or PDL rights are violated, we want to help provide the legal representation they need to pursue results, starting with a free consultation.

Contact Our Skilled Employment Law Attorneys in Pasadena, California Today

Contact our experienced Los Angeles County employment law attorneys to discuss your unique workplace circumstances today.

Our employment law firm and bilingual staff offer services in both English and Spanish and are available now to discuss your case during a free consultation by calling 626-396-9900 or contacting us online.


What is the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)?

The FMLA is a federal law that grants eligible employees the right to take unpaid leave for qualified medical and family reasons without risking their job security. It ensures that employees can balance their work and family responsibilities without fear of adverse employment actions.

Who is eligible for FMLA leave?

To be eligible for FMLA leave, an employee must have worked for the employer for at least 12 months, accumulating a minimum of 1,250 hours during that time. The employer must also have at least 50 employees within a 75-mile radius.

What are the qualified reasons for taking FMLA leave?

Qualified reasons for FMLA leave include the birth or adoption of a child, serious health conditions of the employee or their immediate family member, and certain situations arising from military service.

How much leave does FMLA provide?

FMLA provides eligible employees with up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave within 12 months. However, in certain circumstances related to military service, it can extend to 26 weeks.

Is FMLA leave paid or unpaid?

FMLA leave is generally unpaid. However, employees may choose to use accrued paid leave during their FMLA absence, such as vacation or sick leave, if they wish.

How does an employee request FMLA leave?

Employees must notify their employer as soon as possible and provide sufficient information regarding the need for leave. Employers may request medical certification to support the request.

Can an employer deny FMLA leave?

Employers can deny FMLA leave if the employee does not meet eligibility criteria or fails to provide adequate notice and documentation. However, employers must communicate any denial with valid reasons and within the stipulated timeframes.

What if an employer retaliates against an employee for taking FMLA leave?

Retaliating against an employee for taking FMLA leave is illegal. If an employee believes they have experienced retaliation, they should consult with an employment law attorney to explore their legal options.

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