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Family and Medical Leave Act (Federal) "entitles eligible employees of covered employers to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons with continuation of group health insurance coverage under the same terms and conditions as if the employee had not taken leave."

California Family Rights Act (CFRA) allows employees to take a leave for their own serious health condition or for other family-related reasons.

Compare the two laws.

"For California workers covered by State Disability Insurance, Paid Family Leave (PFL) insurance provides up to six weeks of benefits for individuals who must take time off to care for a seriously ill child, spouse, parent, or registered domestic partner, or to bond with a new child." For a fact sheet, click here. For weekly benefit amounts, click here.

An employee who is fired while away from work due to a work injury that causes temporary disability may find a remedy under Labor Code §132a.

Label Item Links Comments
Government Code California Family Rights Act Gov. C §12945.2  
Unemployment Code Paid Family Leave (PFL) Unemployment C §§3300 et seq.  
Federal  Federal statutes (29 U.S.C. §2601): Family and Medical Leave Act 
For statute & regs, go to bottom of this page.
Regulations/Rules Compare the regs for each law CFRA

Forms State and federal forms CFRA Forms

Paid Family Leave

FMLA Forms
Websites California site CFRA  
  Federal site with updates, overview, news, useful links FMLA  
  California Paid Family Leave PFL   
Practice Tips Fair Employment and Housing's comparison chart distinguishes between State and Federal laws and regulations, noting "four big differences."

Comparison chart


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