Understand CFRA leave limits: Employees’ reinstatement rights last just 12 weeks

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The Court of Appeal of California has clarified that employees taking California Family Rights Act (CFRA) leave are entitled to reinstatement to the same or an equivalent job only if they return at the end of their 12 weeks of leave or earlier. They can’t take additional non-CFRA leave to ex­­­tend their return rights.

The court’s decision reversed a trial jury’s award that would have been worth more than $350,000.

Recent case: Katrina Rogers worked for Los Angeles County for 36 years, eventually becoming a high-level personnel officer within the executive office of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. In 2006, she requested CFRA and short-term disability leave for work-related stress. The county approved her request and she took the time off.

Meanwhile, the Board of Super­­visors appointed a new executive officer who immediately began reorganizing the executive office. She redrew the hierarchy and moved positions ar...(register to read more)

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