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Do I Have to Grant Leave for Employee Requests to Attend Their Children’s School Activities? Maybe in California

School children are back at school following winter break, and that may mean employee requests for time off for parent-teacher conferences, school assemblies, and more. While less known, California law has a collection of statutes affording parents protected time off. One of those protections is California Labor Code section 230.8, which provides parents, and other parental figures, with protected time off to attend to child related activities.

What Am I Doing Wrong? Common FMLA Mistakes – the California Edition

“What did I do wrong” and “Am I doing this correctly?” are frequent questions from clients regarding FMLA administration.

San Francisco's Paid Parental Leave Law Could Spark Larger Movement

This month, the City of San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors approved a measure mandating that all employers in San Francisco provide six weeks of fully paid leave during a calendar year for new parents. The measure includes paid leave for mothers, fathers, and same-sex couples who either bear or adopt a child.

California and San Francisco Paid Family Leave Update

Earlier this week, California's Governor signed into law AB 908, which, beginning January 1, 2018, increases the wage replacement rate for employees receiving disability insurance and/or paid family leave benefits through the state. Currently, the maximum wage replacement is about 55% of the employee's compensation. Effective January 2018, this amount will increase to 60 or 70 percent of the employee's compensation, depending on the employee's income level. The new law will also eliminate the 7-day waiting period for receipt of paid family leave benefits. A copy of the new law is available here.

California Governor Signs Paid Family Leave Expansion Into Law

On April 11, 2016, California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation that will increase the wage replacement rate under the Paid Family Leave program for California workers from its current level of 55 percent to 60 or 70 percent (depending on the worker’s income). Assembly Bill No. 908 (AB 908) will revise the formula used to determine benefits available to workers pursuant to the state unemployment compensation disability law and the family temporary disability insurance program. As of 2018, the bill will also eliminate the seven-day waiting period for receiving temporary disability benefits.

Recent Opinion Letter Raises Questions Regarding California's Paid Leave Law

Executive Summary: California employers are now facing another hurdle in their efforts to comply with state's paid leave law, the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014, in light of a recent opinion letter from the state agency that enforces the law.

More Confusion Likely Over California's "Paid Family Leave"

Earlier this year Gov. Brown signed into law an expansion of the state's "paid family leave" benefit. While the new law does not become effective until July 1, 2014, already media outlets have reported that employees will have expanded rights to paid time off from work next year. This is only partially correct and it continues to spread the confusion over what "paid family leave" really means.
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