Leave of Absence
California has many laws that provide job protection to employees who need to take a leave of absence. Job protected leave may be available to pregnant employees, new moms and dads, and family members who need to take leave to care for a family member. It is illegal to discriminate or retaliate against an employee because they request or take a job-protected leave of absence.
A job-protected leave of absence is one which an employer is required by law to return an employee to their same (or comparable) position when they return from that leave.
Some of the leave laws that are available to many employees in California included the:
California also provides partial wage replacement to new parents who take time off to bond with their baby through the Paid Family Leave (PFL) program. PFL is also available to employees who need to take time off to care for a family member.
After employees return to work after the birth of a child, California also requires employers to provide lactation accommodations for employees who desire to express breastmilk.