When a California family welcomes a new baby, it is often a joyous time. People want to celebrate the birth of the baby and bond as a family. However, pregnancy and birth is often accompanied with medical complications that require employees to take time off from work. When this occurs, California and Federal employment laws may give some employees protections against losing their jobs. In particular, the federal Family Medical Leave Act allows the mother and father of a new baby to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave following the birth of a baby as long as that employee qualifies for benefits.
There are times when a California employee needs to take a leave of absence from their job. In some cases, people risk their job in order to take this leave. However, there are times when a person's job is protected during a leave. Under federal law, the Family Medical Leave Act can sometimes provide protection to certain employees when they need to take a leave for medical reasons. Similarly, under California state law, the California Family Rights Act protects employees who need to take medical leave.
With the nation recently celebrating Father's Day, the role of dads in today's society has been on the mind of many people. In years past, fathers were not expected to take the active role in parenting that they are today. In fact, they weren't even expected to be in the delivery room. However, this role has changed over time, and many men have welcomed this change. Fathers are now expected to be present for the birth of their child and to participate in that child's upbringing. Some have argued that men now face many of the work-life balancing issues that working mothers have faced for years.
Many California workers may understand that they are entitled to some unpaid leave for qualified medical reasons. One of these reasons is often pregnancy or the birth of a child. However, the amount of time that employees are allowed to take off for a pregnancy is often limited under federal and California employment laws but a recent California court case may change that.