Employers who have more than 50 employees working within 75 miles of their principal job site must comply with California and federal family/medical leave laws. Generally, employees who have worked 1250 hours in the past year are covered by these laws.
Employers are required to give covered employees up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave in a year for specified family and medical reasons; including leave for caring for yourself, a relative, or for bonding with a new baby or newly-adopted child. The employer is generally required to guarantee your return to the same job you held at the time you began the leave.
The laws surrounding family/medical leave are very complex – and often misunderstood by employers. You should contact our office if you have been fired while on leave, or if you have questions surrounding your rights to family/medical leave.