Incremental Leave From Work
have finally found your way through the maze of information
regarding the amount of leave you can take from work during and
after pregnancy. Now, you want to know what options you have
regarding when to take time off from work.
California, individuals who qualify for Family and Medical Leave
have the right to take this leave in two week increments. And, on
two occasions, you can take leave for less than two weeks. This
means that if you are entitled to a total of twelve weeks of leave
time, then you do not have to take it in one twelve week block.
Rather, you can take it in several shorter blocks of time that are
at least two weeks long. And, on two occasions, you can choose to
take an even shorter period of leave.
ability to take leave in short increments to bond with your child
can be beneficial for California parents. If you have leave time
remaining, this provision allows you to take time off if there is an
unexpected situation with your child care provider. It may also
allow you to schedule your leave time with a family vacation so you
can travel with your newborn child.
is important to note that the right to take leave in increments is a
state right found in the California Family Rights Act. This is
different from the Federal Family and Medical Leave Act which does
not require employers to provide incremental leave time (though
employers can do so voluntarily). You should also note that the
right to take leave in several short increments does not allow you
to take more total leave time than you are entitled to.
For more information on your right to take
leave during pregnancy, visit
www.pregnancylawyer.com or call Attorney
Sarah B. Schlehr directly at (310) 492-5757.
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