CFRA Expansion Includes New Requirements for Employers

By October 20th, 2020HR Blog


By Molly Wood, SPHR. SDEA HR Consultant

CFRA Expansion Includes New Requirements for Employers

If you have fewer than five employee’s you still don’t have to worry about the California Family Rights Act, but everyone else get ready for expanded requirements.

California Senate Bill 1383 was signed into law by Governor Newsome on September 17, 2020 and goes into effect January 1, 2021. The bill extends CFRA rights to employee’s at organizations with a staff of five or more, broadens the leave to care for a family member to include grandparents, grandchildren, and siblings, and requires employers who employ both parents of a child to grant each employee a full 12 weeks (if requested) to bond with a newborn or newly adopted child, or to care for a child with a serious health condition.

Previously, CFRA covered employers with 50 or more employees, did not include grandparents, grandchildren, or siblings, and only allowed for a total of 12 weeks for both parents if they worked under the same employer.

The basics of employee eligibility have remained the same – employees must have at least 12 months of service and at least 1,250 hours of service with the employer during the previous 12-month period. And at least five employees need to work within 75 miles of each other. 

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