Employment Protections Under the California Family Rights Act
The "CFRA" provides protections for employees to take unpaid leave without losing their jobs. Eligible employees may request CFRA leave for the birth of a child, to care for a sick or ailing loved one, account for the military deployment of a spouse or to recover from a personal illness or injury.
Eligibility Requirements Under CFRATo be covered under CFRA, employees in California must meet the following eligibility requirements:
1) you work for an employer with 50 or more part- or full-time employees;
2) you have been employed for 12 or more months with the current employer; and
3) you have worked 1,250 or more hours for the current employer.
Working RemotelyIn addition to the requirements outlined above, remote employees in California must also live within a 75-mile radius of their place of employment (i.e. the location that an employee reports to or from which an employee receives assignments).
Other Considerations Under CFRAIf you are an employee, on-site or remote, who plans to take a leave of absence under CFRA, it is important to understand your rights and responsibilities as well as your employer's specific related policies. For example, some employers require that an employee taking CFRA leave use paid sick or vacation time for a portion of their leave.
Know Your RightsAt times, employers may violate the terms of CFRA and/or other state or federal employment laws. If you believe that your employer has enacted unfair or illegal employment policies, it is wise to consult with an employment law attorney.