How Long Is Medical Leave?

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The FMLA and CFRA provide eligible employees with 12 weeks of unpaid leave. However, depending upon an employee's circumstances, they may be entitled to even more leave. An employee with a medical leave claim needs a specialist in employee rights.

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How much leave to do you get? Employee rights specialist Matthew A. Kaufman explains:

1. Eligible employees under FMLA / CFRA are entitled to 12 work weeks of leave in a 12 month "leave year." A leave year is defined by the employer as any 12 month period or from the time FMLA or CFRA leave is first taken by an employee.
2. Pregnant employees are entitled to FMLA leave during their pregnancy and CFRA leave after their child is born (12 weeks each). They may also be eligible for leave under the Pregnancy Disability Leave Law (PDL).
3. FMLA and CFRA leave are unpaid unless available paid time off is taken or disability benefits are available. However, an employee who suffers wage loss for taking leave may be entitled to partial compensation under the California Family Temporary Disability Insurance ("FTDI"), regardless of whether the employee qualifies for FMLA or CFRA leave.
4. During FMLA and CFRA leave, the employer must maintain the employee's benefits such as group health insurance.


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