Work & Family Policy Database
Expanded Family and Medical Leave
Subject: Family and Medical Leave, Job-Protected Leave, Domestic Partners and Leave
Statute/Code Cite: Cal. Fam. Code Sec. 297.5; Cal. Gov't Code Sec. 12945.2.
Summary: The 1991 California Family Rights Act (CFRA) applies to more caregiving situations than the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). In addition to having access to unpaid, job-protected leave when caring for a child, spouse or parent, California workers may take unpaid, job-protected leave to care for a domestic partner with a serious health condition or for a domestic partner's new or seriously ill child.
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