Los Angeles Medical & Family Leave Claims Lawyer
When you have a job worth protecting, you are understandably concerned about leaving it temporarily for family or medical reasons. However, as more Americans are dedicated to work, loved ones, and their own well-being, they find it tough to find balance. Fortunately, if you find yourself in such a position, both California and federal medical and family laws provide you with options to alleviate some of the pressures of work and home life.
Our attorneys at the Obagi Law Group, P.C. are well-versed in the legal concepts that apply to the employer-employee relationship, including those that protect your job if you need time away. There are remedies available if your employer violates the law, and our team is prepared to fight for your rights. Please contact our firm to set up a consultation with a Los Angeles medical & family leave claims lawyer, and check out some of the basics.
California Family Rights Act
The state law on family and medical leave law is called the California Family Rights Act (CFRA), which applies to all public employers and private companies with 50 or more employees. Eligible workers can take up to 12 weeks of leave during a 12 week period for:
- The birth, adoption, or foster care placement of a child;
- Caring for a spouse, child, or parent with a serious health condition; or,
- The employee’s own serious health condition.
You may qualify for CFRA leave if you have worked for your current employer for at least one year and accumulated a minimum of 1,250 work hours in the 12 months before requesting time off. Your employer is NOT required to pay you while away, but you are entitled to full health care coverage and other benefits offered by your employer. Employees must also be allowed to work in the same or comparable position upon their return.
Family Medical Leave Act
The federal law is very similar to CFRA in many respects, but there are key differences on the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
- You may qualify to take leave if you have a family member in the military who is being deployed, and you need to assist in managing that person’s affairs.
- Instead of 12 weeks, it is possible to take up to 26 weeks of unpaid leave to care for a member of the military who incurred a medical condition in the line of duty.
Remedies for Employer Violations of Leave Laws
Our lawyers at the Obagi Law Group, P.C. can explain your options under CFRA and FMLA if your employer refuses to allow leave, fails to place you in the same position upon your return, or will not honor employment benefits. You may also have rights if you experienced discrimination, harassment, or retaliation for taking leave. It is possible to recover compensation that you were denied, reinstatement of your position, or other relief.
Contact a Los Angeles Medical & Family Leave Claims Attorney Today
For more information about your rights and remedies under California and federal law, please contact the Obagi Law Group, P.C. by calling 424-284-2401. We can schedule a consultation with one of our skilled employment lawyers. Once we review your circumstances, our team can determine the next steps.