Time Off Work For Medical Care And Treatment

Employees should never have to choose between their health and their jobs. Fortunately, the law recognizes this and provides many protections for employees who need to take time off of work to obtain medical care and treatment.

Which Laws Protect You?

If an employee has a serious medical condition and needs time away from work, both California and federal laws provide protected time away from work for qualified employees. California's leave law is known as the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) and the federal law is known as the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

Under each of these laws, unless modified by the employer, the employee must be qualified by being employed for one year (breaks in service are allowed), have worked at least 1,250 hours during the past year, and work at a location where the employer has 50 employees within 75 miles.

A qualified employee is entitled to take up to 12 weeks of leave for medical care and treatment for his or her own serious medical condition on the advice of his or her medical care provider. The employer must provide, in writing if requested, a written guarantee of reinstatement to the same or similar position as the employee held prior to his or her leave.

Employees are also entitled to use this leave to provide care and comfort for their immediate family members and bond with their newborn baby, in addition to other types of protected time off work.

Leave As An Accommodation

Employees who do not qualify for a protected leave, or who have exhausted their protected leave, are not without legal protections. In addition to the Leave Laws, employers must provide a finite leave of absence to an employee as a reasonable accommodation. This can include time for treatment, recuperation and medical appointments if the employee is not able to schedule them around work.

Contact Us To See If You Have A Claim

If you were denied a leave you were qualified for, or demoted or terminated for taking time off work for medical treatment, then you should contact us and our law firm will carefully review your specific situation to determine all of your options. We care about protecting the rights of individuals to receive medical care. To schedule a free initial consultation, call us at 415-445-0900 or contact us online.