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Family and Medical Leave and California Family Rights Act

fmla noticesThe Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) provides eligible employees with up to twelve (12) workweeks (456 hours) of unpaid, job protected leave during a twelve month period. While on FMLA/CFRA, employees must use paid accrued leave, if available in accordance with City Policy.  FMLA/CFRA requires that group health and dental benefits be maintained during the leave at the same level as if the employee continued to work.

Purpose of Leave:
The FMLA/CFRA allows employees to balance their work and family life by taking reasonable unpaid leave for certain family and medical reasons. Job protected leave.

Employee Eligibility:
To be eligible for FMLA/CFRA leave, an employee must meet both eligibility requirements listed below:
1.  Employee must have worked for the City for at least (12) months; and
2.  Employee must have worked at least 1,250 hours (accrued time hours do not count) during the twelve months prior to the start of the FMLA/CFRA leave.

Reasons for Leave:
Leave is only permitted for the following reasons:

A.  The birth of a child or to care for a newborn of an employee (bonding);

B.  The placement of a child with an employee in connection with the adoption or foster care of a child;

C.  Leave to care for a child, parent, spouse, or a registered domestic partner who has a serious health condition;

D.  Leave because of a serious health condition that makes the employee unable to perform the functions of his/her position.

E.  Leave for a “qualifying exigency” may be taken arising out of the fact that an employee’s spouse, child, or parent is on active duty or call to active duty status in the National Guard or Reserves in support of a contingency operation (under the FMLA only, not the CFRA); or

F.  Leave to care for a spouse, child, parent, or “next of kin” service member of the United States Armed Forces who has a serious injury or illness incurred in the line of duty while on active military duty (this leave can run up to 26 weeks of unpaid leave during a single 12-month period) (under the FMLA only, not the CFRA).

G.  All leaves designated as Worker's Compensation Leave (except for 4850);

Please click on the following link for the City's Family and Medical Leave Policy with more detailed information including the definitions of a "Serious Health Condition".

Family and Medical Leave Policypdf icon

Process for Requesting Leave:  

A detailed step by step process can be found by clicking this link.  

FMLA Forms: 

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