October 25, 2021

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October 25, 2021

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Expansion for CFRA Leave to Include Parents-in-Law and Modifications to DFEH Mediation Program

On September 27, 2021, Governor Newsom signed Assembly Bill 1033 (AB 1033), which provides that employers must grant eligible employees up to 12 weeks of job-protected time off from work annually for the purposes of providing care to a parent-in-law with a serious medical condition under the California Family Rights Act (CFRA).

The bill also modifies procedural aspects of the Department of Fair Employment and Housing’s (DFEH) pilot program for mediating family leave disputes between small businesses and their employees. When a small business employee requests an immediate right-to-sue letter based on an alleged CFRA violation, that employee must inform DFEH’s mediation program of the employee’s intent to file a civil action in court prior to filing that action. The bill also sets forth other requirements for completion of the DFEH mediation program prior to an employee’s claim proceeding to a civil court.

This legislation goes into effect on January 1, 2022.

Jackson Lewis P.C. © 2021National Law Review, Volume XI, Number 271
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Kristel B. Haddad is an Associate in the Los Angeles, California, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She represents employers and individual defendants in a broad range of employment litigation including harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination, leaves of absence, failure to provide reasonable accommodations, and unfair business practices. Ms. Haddad also handles class action wage and hour lawsuits and other complex employment litigation matters.

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