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1/11/06



  

Taking Incremental Leave From Work

You 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. 

In 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.

The 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. 

It 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.

This Belly Scoop has been sponsored by Ms. Pregnancy Lawyer, Sarah B. Schlehr!

     


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