Family & Medical Leave Rights

Orange County Attorney Protecting the Rights of Families

You work hard in order to provide for your family. But sometimes unforeseen events occur in peoples’ lives that require them to take time off of work and assist with a family emergency. The State of California understands that for many people, family is everything, and it provides protections accordingly. Many people may not realize that if you are an eligible employee, then you are entitled to time off from your job to attend to family matters. If your employer has denied you the right to take time off of work for personal reasons, or has threatened to retaliate against you for taking time off or asking for time off, we may be able to help. Contact Yash Law Group today and schedule a free consultation. We service all of California, including Orange County and Los Angeles County.

Los Angeles lawyer standing up for employment laws which promote strong family values

When an employee takes a long period of time off of work, it may be seen as inconvenient for an employer. It is common for employers to pressure employees to refrain from taking time off for personal reasons unless absolutely necessary. However, if your employer employs more than 50 people, then you are covered by the federal Family Medical Leave Act and its state counterpart, California Family Rights Act. The rights covered by these laws are among the most litigated of all employment law cases and can result in large liability if your employer is found to be non-compliant.

Under both the FMLA and CFRA, eligible employees can take family and medical leave with employment guaranteed upon return. Whether you are eligible to take leave under the FMLA or CFRA depends on a number of factors, including the total length of your employment with that employer and total hours of service over the previous year. Also, “family and medical leave” is appropriate in broad circumstances, and you can read the list of qualifying reasons here and here. Among other reasons, an eligible employee is entitled to the following protections under the FMLA and CFRA:

  • Up to 12 weeks per year to bond with a newborn or if a child is adopted by or placed in foster care with the employee
  • Up to 12 weeks per year of leave in order to care for a family member, including a parent or spouse, with a serious health condition
  • Up to 12 weeks of leave for a significant personal illness
  • Up to 26 weeks of leave in order to care for an ill or injured service member
  • Not deny an employee who asks for maternity leave or personal leave
  • Reinstatement of the worker to his or her original or comparable position upon returning to the job

Under the law, employers may not threaten your position, demote you, or retaliate against you in any way for exercising your employment rights or attempting to exercise your employment rights. If these rights have been violated then you should contact an attorney immediately.

Los Angeles labor lawyer Jesse Singh believes in a family-focused community and aggressively protects workers against violations of the FMLA and CFRA. At your initial consultation, he will discuss your rights with you and help identify all potential violations by your employer. He will then take immediate action, including, if necessary, notifying the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, to help you receive the compensation you deserve. Being an employee does not mean that you must ignore your family obligations and Jesse recognizes this. Contact our office today.

Dedicated to strengthening our community throughout Southern California

Jesse Singh began Yash Law Group because he believes communities and businesses benefit from treating employees with respect, paying fair wages, and being sensitive to family needs. He is committed to helping protect employment rights by assisting employees and businesses and helping all individuals receive the protections afforded to them under laws that the state and federal government have put in place. Contact our office today to schedule a free consultation and learn how our attorneys can be of help to you.

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