- Expanded California Family Rights Act (CFRA) provisions went into effect on January 1, 2021
- Employers should update their posters, leave policies and new hire materials to reflect the expanded CFRA provisions
On September 17, 2020, Governor Newsom signed Senate Bill 1383 which expanded the California Family Rights Act (“CFRA”). The expanded provisions went into effect on January 1, 2021. For more information about CFRA expansion please visit our blog post. Notable changes to the CFRA framework include:
- Expansion of CFRA requirements to employers with five or more employees in California
- Incorporates baby bonding requirements into the CFRA framework
- Expands the definition of “family member”
- Allows parents who work for the same employer to both be allowed 12 weeks of baby bonding leave
- Eliminates the availability of the “key employee” exception to CFRA’s reinstatement rules (which previously permitted an employer to refuse reinstatement for a top 10% salaried employee on the basis of economic hardship to the employer’s operations).
The Department of Fair Employment and Housing (“DFEH”) has now released updated documentation to reflect the above-mentioned expanded CFRA framework, which includes new versions of the required poster for Family and Medical Leave and Pregnancy Disability Leave.
Employers are encouraged to review and update their posters, leave policies and new hire materials to reflect the expanded CFRA provisions.
- California Family Rights Act
- Family and Medical Leave Poster
- Pregnancy Disability Leave Poster
- CA Department of Fair Employment and Housing
- Sequoia Blog: California Expands Family and Medical Leave Effective January 1, 2021
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