Can we change full-timer to part-time after maternity leave?

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Q. We are a small company and have seven employees. One of our employees recently went out on a leave of absence for pregnancy. During that time, we hired a replacement worker to do the same job. The replacement only worked part time, but was still able to complete work that our employee did full time. When our employee returns to work, we would like to change her job status from full time to part time. Is this legal?

A. Since your company has seven employees, the law granting California workers pregnancy disability leave applies. (It covers all employers with five or more employees.) California law requires employers to provide up to four months disability leave to workers who are disabled due to pregnancy, childbirth or a related medical condition.

The law gives employees return rights as well. Accord­­ing to the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), an employee who returns from pregnancy disability leave withi...(register to read more)

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