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3 questions about pregnancy leave in California

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What are California’s rules on pregnancy leave?

Q. Are California employers required to provide disability leave for pregnant workers?

A. California Government Code Section 12945 makes it unlawful “to refuse to allow an employee disabled by pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition to take a leave for a reasonable period of time not to exceed four months and thereafter return to work.”

Simply being pregnant does not entitle an employee to pregnancy disability leave. The individual must be disabled by the pregnancy. That means that, in the opinion of her doctor, a mother-to-be “is unable because of pregnancy to perform any one or more of the essential functions of her job and to perform these functions without undue risk to herself, to her pregnancy’s successful completion, or to other persons.”

Pregnancy disability leave applies if a doctor feels a woman needs time off due to severe morning sickne...(register to read more)

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