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May 07, 2010
Non-Medical Leaves of Absence in California

In a BLR webinar titled "Explaining Why (and How) California’s Employment Laws Are So Different From Other States," Jeffrey A. Wortman, Esq. and Laura J. Maechtlen, Esq. discuss non-medical leaves of absence granted to employees in California.

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Many non-medical leaves of absence are available to employees under California law. The newest development in this area is that up to ten days are now provided under California law for an employee who is married to a member of the U.S. military who is on leave from a conflict situation.

In addition, California provides employees with the right to leaves of absence for the following activities:

  • Voting in statewide elections if the employee does not have sufficient time outside of work to vote;
  • Attending parent-teacher conferences or some other school-related activities;
  • Serving on a jury;
  • Appearing as a crime victim witness in court;
  • Appearing in court to obtain relief from domestic violence;
  • Attending programs to address an addiction;
  • Attending programs to address illiteracy;
  • Performing emergency duty as a volunteer firefighter, reserve police officer or emergency rescue person.

Some leaves of absence may be unpaid. Requirements for exhausting available leave vary for each type of activity.

Jeffrey A. Wortman, Esq., is a partner in the Los Angeles offices of the nationwide law firm Seyfarth Shaw LLP. He specializes in labor and employment law, representing employers in federal and state courts as well as before administrative agencies. He can be contacted at lmaechtlen@seyfarth.com.

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