Drew Lewis

Employment Law Attorney
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Many employees are concerned about the effect that taking leave under these programs would have on their employment with their company.
Common questions include:
Many of the California and Federal laws that provide employees an opportunity to take time off prohibit employers from retaliating or discriminating against employees. When the leave is considered “protective” leave, your employer is prohibited from taking adverse employment actions against you. This includes:
The chart below shows which laws provide “protective” (anti-retaliation and discrimination) leave and which laws are not.
LawAnti-Retaliation Protections?
Fair Employment & Housing ActYes
California Family Rights ActYes
Family and Medical Leave ActYes
California Paid Sick LeaveYes
California Emergency Child CareYes
Paid Family LeaveNo
Unemployment InsuranceNo

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