New Parent Leave Of Absence Act:
Effective January 1, 2018, employers with 20 to 49 employees are now required to allow qualified employees to take unpaid leave as much as 12 weeks to bond with a new child.
To be eligible for qualification, employee must have completed 1,250 hours of work for the company within the past year, and work at a location where there are at least 20 employees within 75 miles of the worksite.
New Parent Leave Act
What: Employers employing 20 to 49 employees must allow qualified employees to take unpaid leave for up to 12 weeks to bond with a new child within one year of a child’s birth, adoption or placement for foster care.
- Employees must have completed 1,250 hours of work for the company within the past year, and work at a location where there are at least 20 employees within 75 miles of the worksite to be eligible for this benefit. This LOA is not part of pregnancy leave, and includes the continuation of health benefits during this leave.
How: This New Parent Leave, also known as "baby bonding leave" makes available unpaid leave similar to leave available to employees of companies with over 50 employees, but does not extend all of the other unpaid leave provisions of Family Medical Leave. Employees (male or female) who take this new parent leave are protected in returning to their job when the leave is over.
- When adding together the four months of pregnancy leave and the almost four months of baby bonding leave, an employee may have significant time away from a job, and an employer may be challenged in having a temporary replacement.
Why: New California Government Code Section 12945.6 was added by SB 63.
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