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Family and Medical Leave

At Cadry Law Group, we understand the importance of family and medical leave for employees facing personal or family health challenges. California law provides several protections for employees who need time off for medical reasons or to care for a family member. The California Family Rights Act (CFRA) and the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) both offer rights to eligible employees to take unpaid leave for specific family and medical reasons, with the assurance of job protection and continuation of group health insurance coverage.

California’s approach to family and medical leave is known for its inclusiveness, covering a broad range of family relationships and health conditions. Eligible employees can take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave within a 12-month period for reasons such as the birth of a child, adoption, foster care placement, personal serious health condition, or caring for a spouse, child, or parent with a serious health condition. Despite these protections, employees often face challenges when requesting or taking leave, including denial of rightful leave, retaliation from employers, or complications upon returning to work.

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