Many individuals have to take time off work due to an illness or medical condition. Employees are entitled to medical leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). In California, employees are also entitled to leave for a serious health condition under the California Family Rights Act (CFRA). Due to the current economy and uncertain job security, many workers question if they will have a job when they come back from leave, or if they should risk taking medical leave at all. Some employees worry that they will be fired while on medical leave.
A nurse formerly employed by Kaiser Permanente Medical Group is suing the California system for discrimination and retaliation for taking protected medical leave. Kirandeep Kaur had taken approved time off to help her mother recover from hip replacement surgery -leave that is protected under both the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the California Family Rights Act (CFRA).
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) allow employees to take job-protected leave for an extended time period after certain events such as child birth or adoption, to care for a family member who is sick or to care for your own physical well-being, among others. Often taken as a lump of time, as with maternity leave, FMLA leave can also be taken intermittently.
California and Connecticut both received 'A-' grades from a new report that compares family medical leave benefits between the United States. No state received an A but 18 states received an F.
Then-President Woodrow Wilson declared Mothers Day a national holiday in the United States in 1914. Although the U.S. holiday is not yet 100 years old, protections for mothers in the workplace have come a long way since the presidential action of setting aside one day a year to honor mothers throughout our country.