Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

Issues with FMLA? Get a Los Angeles Employment Lawyer on the Case

Although your job is crucial to your livelihood, it is not always the priority. When major life events occur or serious circumstances arise, you may need to step away from work for a period of time to take care of them. At Alan Burton Newman, PLC, our Los Angeles employment law attorney understands that you have other obligations and responsibilities, and wants to ensure that you know your rights under California employment law for addressing them.

What is the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)?

The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides employees with certain rights under the federal government for taking time off of work for certain family-related circumstances, without sacrificing health insurance coverage or other benefits.

Under the guidelines of FMLA, you are eligible to take leave for the following reasons:

  • To care for a newborn child
  • To care for a newly adopted or fostered child
  • To care for a child, spouse, or parent with a serious medical condition
  • To care for one's own serious medical condition

If you were denied benefits or your right to take a maternity leave or absence for other family-related reasons, you have the right to take action. Alan Burton Newman, PLC can help.

Differences between FMLA and CFRA

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a federal statue, whereas the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) is a California statue. These statues are identical except for two important areas. The FMLA requires that the employee's doctor disclose the medical diagnosis of the employee. Under CFRA the medical diagnosis is not going to be disclosed by the doctor, thus, providing privacy for the patient.

The second advantage of CFRA is that it can be combined with the Pregnancy Leave of Absence to provide the employee with up to a seven month leave of absence relating to her pregnancy. Employers typically designate the employees' rights under FMLA; notwithstanding the employer's designation, employees retain their rights under CFRA. It is important for an attorney to represent you to make sure you get those rights.


Learn more about the difference between FMLA and CFRA.


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