Work & Family Policy Database
Subject: Pregnancy Disability Leave, Job-Protected Leave
Statute/Code Cite: Cal. Unemp. Ins. Code Secs. 2625 et seq.
Summary: Women who need to take leave for pregnancy-related disabilities are not covered by the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) but instead by California’s pregnancy disability leave law. The law requires businesses with five or more employees to provide up to four months of unpaid, job-protected leave to women who are disabled by pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions. The law protects workers regardless of tenure and number of hours worked. The law was amended in 2011 to require employers to continue a woman’s health insurance coverage during a pregnancy disability leave and to prohibit retaliation against or interference with a woman’s right to pregnancy disability leave. Women eligible for leave under the CFRA may also take an additional twelve weeks of unpaid family leave to bond with their new child.
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