California Medical Leave Act is a term that involves three different pieces of legislation; the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) and the California Pregnancy Disability Leave Act (PDL). Combined these Act’s provide qualified California employees with some of the best leave benefits in the country. Employee and employer qualifications are similar for FMLA and CFRA by design. However, CFRA includes leave coverage for a qualified domestic partner to be cared for, as well as newborn bonding and FMLA does not. FMLA covers pregnancy disability, but CFRA does not. Under the right circumstances, a full-time employee can qualify for almost 30 weeks of un-paid, but job-protected leave, within the California Medical Leave Act.
The California Medical Leave Act is an amalgamation of Acts and requirements causing a growing number of covered employers a great deal of concern or even consternation. Some of the reasons can be traced to reports from the Department of Labor indicating a planned increase in the number of FMLA-related audits and investigations, or legal publications highlighting the rising cost of FMLA lawsuit defense, regardless of case outcome, and the increasing number of six to eight-figure judgments being passed down to employers found to be in violation of regulations within components of the California Medical Leave Act.
Compliance with the California Medical Leave Act is easy, according to many covered employers finding tremendous success with LeaveSource™ web-deployed, leave administration software by Qcera. The LeaveSource™ leave administration system automatically incorporates and applies federal FMLA requirements, company-specific leave policies, and legislative requirements from all fifty states, as well as the District of Columbia. Completion of a daily worklist by leave administrators ensures a company of administrative efficiency and legislative compliance with all components of the California Medical Leave Act.
Administrative solutions for the California Medical Leave Act are available for small companies with the turnkey and quick to install LeaveSource™ Express software service. Companies with multiple leave administrators or needing additional modules to assist with disability case management, ADA job accommodation tracking, attendance tracking, advice to pay, or employee/supervisor self-service will find complete satisfaction with LeaveSource™ Enterprise software. Qcera clients are responsible for administering more than a million employees and among them are more than a dozen Fortune 500 Companies. Get additional information by clicking on a product tab, or request a demo for a complete understanding of available compliance assistance with the California Medical Leave Act.