CA Family Medical Leave Act is what people may type in as a search topic when looking for one of three possible pieces of legislation. The first component of this description is the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) which was signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1993. The second piece of legislation is the California Family Rights Act (CFRA). And the third is the California Pregnancy Disability Leave Act (PDL). CFRA was fashioned around the FMLA, so its employee and employer qualifications are similar. PDL on the other hand, applies to any employer in California that has at least 5 employees, which is substantially lower than the 50 required by the other two components of the CA Family Medical Leave Act.
Compliance with the CA Family Medical Leave Act has become quite a challenge for covered employers, due to the seemingly constant modifications being made to one component or the other. Certainly the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision to discard the definition of marriage provided by the Defense of Marriage Act and make it the responsibility of individual states to provide a definition of marriage has had an immediate effect on the handling of FMLA qualifications in California. But different components do provide some coverage differences within the CA Family Medical Leave Act.
Coverage differences within the CA Family Medical Leave Act include, but are not limited to; care for a domestic partner with a serious medical condition, which is covered by CFRA but not FMLA, care of self for pregnancy disability, which is covered by FMLA, but not CFRA, and bonding with a newborn which is covered by CFRA, but not FMLA. Care for a same-sex marriage partner is now covered by FMLA, as well as CFRA. But this constantly changing playing field is causing great consternation for some covered employers trying to come to grips with the compliance requirements of CA Family Medical Leave Act components.
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