In 2015, families do not always look the same as they have in decades past. The definition of a family is much broader for a number of important reasons. However, with this shift in the definition of a family, has come some legal questions about who qualifies for certain state and federal benefits. In particular, there have been questions about who qualifies for protections under the Family Medical Leave Act -- a federal law.
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.
While people's jobs are often important to them, they are, many times, not the most important things in their lives. People have families -- children, parents and spouses -- who they love and take care of. When a family member gets sick, however, people can feel torn. They may feel like they are unable to work because they are needed by their family members while feeling an obligation to their jobs.
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.
The Family Medical Leave Act is a federal law which allows some California employees to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave from their job without losing their health insurance or their job. It only applies when the person needs to take leave to care for themselves or an immediate family member. Immediate family members include a parent, child or spouse. Furthermore, the employee must work for a company with at least 50 employees and must have worked at least 25 hours a week for that company for the last year in order for FMLA to apply to the employee.
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.
Sometimes life brings unexpected circumstances that require extra special attention. People have babies, people get sick and people have emergencies they need to deal with. When these extraordinary circumstances happen, people often wonder if their jobs will be safe under employment laws if they need to take time off from work.
Life can be unpredictable at times for residents in Los Angeles, California. People get sick, their spouses get sick or they welcome a new baby. In each of these situations, the last thing people want to think about is whether their job is safe. Thankfully, federal employment law protects some employees in these situations through the Family Medical Leave Act.
Welcoming a new baby into a family is an important and joyous life event. While adjusting to life with a newborn, the last thing people should worry about is the safety of their jobs. California and federal employment law recognizes this and offers job protection to new parents, which is a good thing because 65 percent of children in California live in households in which all parents work outside the home.