In 2020, California has new rules, regulations, and court rulings that have changed the employment law landscape. In this four-part series, we bring you key new laws for 2020. Our fourth update is on time off.
Organ Donation Time Off Expanded
Current law provides that employers with 15 or more employees must provide a paid leave of absence to an employee for the purpose of being an organ donor. The time off was for 30 days in a one-year period. The new law (AB 1223) gives the organ donor another 30 days of unpaid time off. As before, any time off under this law may run concurrently with time off under the FMLA and CFRA.
Paid Family Leave
Later this year (July 2020), California’s Paid Family Leave wage replacement benefits will increase from six weeks of benefits to eight weeks of benefits. These benefits are for employees who are on protected (or granted) time off to care for another – an ill family member or for new child bonding. As before, this is not the right to take time off, but access to wage replacement while on leave.
San Francisco’s Paid Parental Leave Ordinance
SF’s Paid Parental Leave Ordinance requires San Francisco-based employees to be paid for baby-bonding time off in conjunction with the employee’s Paid Family Leave benefits. In July, then, this benefit will extend to eight weeks as well.
[This article does not constitute legal advice.]
Other Articles in this Series:
2020 California Employment Law Update #1: Arbitration in the Workplace
2020 California Employment Law Update #2: Compensation
2020 California Employment Law Update #3: Fair Employment
2020 California Employment Law Update #4: Time off
Jeanine DeBacker of McPharlin Sprinkles & Thomas LLP represents employers throughout Northern California when employees sue for harassment, wrongful termination, discrimination and not getting paid correctly. She also advises clients on how to avoid getting sued in the first place. Jeanine conducts trainings for employees on harassment prevention and maintaining a respectful workplace. Finally, Jeanine is a neutral workplace investigator.
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