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Family and Medical Leave Archives

Women share maternity leave experiences

All across the nation, women have to make certain choices when it comes to staying home after the birth of their babies. Some women have few options when it comes to paid maternity leave, while other women find that they are able to easily take the time off. Under California law, women are offered Family and Medical Leave Act leave and a six week state-sponsored disability leave.

More individuals support paid maternity leave

In an unusual measure of united support, studies show that most Americans believe that some type of family leave should be an option for workers. In California, in addition to federal Family and Medical Leave Act benefits, workers are offered up to six weeks of paid family leave. Other states are looking to California and others like it as they begin to develop their own programs, and perhaps that momentum will build to a national protocol for maternity leave

Nurse claims employer did not provide reasonable accommodations

Some types of leave are offered to employees as a federal benefit. The Family and Medical Leave Act is one such program that is offered in all 50 states. It allows employees to take unpaid time away from work without jeopardizing their jobs. Recently, one woman filed a lawsuit, claiming that her employers fired her in violation of FMLA and failed to provide reasonable accommodations. California residents facing similar issues with employers may be able to learn something from the woman's case.  

Family and Medical Leave Act may be supplemented by paid leave

Increasingly, employers recognize the importance of allowing employees time away from work to take care of an addition to the family or a sick family member. Twenty-five years ago, the federal government passed a law called the Family and Medical Leave Act. The FMLA allows workers at larger companies up to 12 weeks of unpaid family leave without endangering one's job. Now, some states like California also offer paid family leave. Experts believe that the push to expand paid family leave will continue. 

Family and Medical Leave Act a foundational benefit

Many individuals will face a medical need or will require time to help a sick or disabled family member. A federal program known as the Family and Medical Leave Act provides the ability for most employees to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave from their jobs without endangering their employment. California has also supplemented this program with an additional paid family leave insurance program for state residents. 

Man claims he was fired for taking leave under FMLA

One new father was excited for the addition to the family and attempted to take more responsibility for childcare. He took a few weeks off to bond and help his wife but was later fired. The man claims that his employer unfairly punished him for taking leave per the Family and Medical Leave Act, or FMLA, and filed a case. California parents may be interested to learn more about the man's struggle for fair paternity leave. 

Paid maternity leave a no-go for California teachers

A new bill that would have allowed teachers more time off to be with their babies was vetoed by the governor. The bill passed the California legislature only to be struck down at the last turn. The state governor says that he has taken steps to allow for maternity leave, and that further benefits are best bargained for at the local level. 

Most Americans support reasonable accommodations for leave

Most people will admit that there are times when a person simply needs to be at home to take care of the family. Whether that leave is used to introduce a new child, to care for a family member or to address one's own health concerns, there are times when a person will require significant time off from work in order to tend the home fires. The Family and Medical Leave Act allows certain employees up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave, and employers must allow for reasonable accommodations for disabled employees in California and across the country. Some individuals also feel that it is time to give paid medical leave to individuals who have medical or caregiving needs at home.

Time-Warner skips reasonable accommodations, sued in California

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed suit against cable giant Time-Warner. The lawsuit follows an incident where a woman was not offered reasonable accommodations to seek medical treatment for a recently disclosed disability. The California woman was fired after revealing her disability and request for treatment.

California study: Female docs face maternity leave discrimination

Being a doctor can be a pretty enviable vocation. It comes with the respect of your community, advanced education and higher than average incomes, but as it turns out, being a doctor can still be a challenging place for a woman. Many women still face institutional discrimination in this profession when it comes to breastfeeding, maternity leave and other women's issues, as a recent study from the University of California, San Francisco illustrates. 

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