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Other Leaves: California

Other Leaves requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Annie Lau, Fisher Phillips


  • There are various types of leave that may be available to an employee in California. See Leaves of Absence.
  • A covered employer must provide eligible employees with family and medical leave. See Family and Medical Leave.
  • Female employees are entitled to up to four calendar months of job-protected leave for disabilities relating to pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions. See Pregnancy Disability Leave.
  • A covered employer must provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for bonding with a new child. See New Parent Leave Act.
  • California provides six weeks of benefits for employees who take time off to care for a family member or to bond with a new child. See Paid Family Leave.
  • Employees are permitted to use a portion of paid sick leave to care for certain family members. See Kin Care Leave.
  • Employers must provide eligible employees who are bone marrow or organ donors with a job-protected paid leave of absence. See Bone Marrow and Organ Donor Leave.
  • A covered employer must provide up to 40 hours of leave each year to a parent, grandparent or guardian of a pupil to participate in activities at the child's school, including a day care facility. See School Activities Leave.
  • All employers must allow a parent or guardian of a pupil to appear at the school when the school requires the appearance and has given advance notice. See School Discipline Leave.
  • California employers must provide paid sick leave to eligible employees. SeePaid Sick Leave.
  • Employees who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking are entitled to unpaid leave to obtain relief or attempt to obtain relief. See Domestic Violence Leave.
  • All employers must provide an employee who is a crime victim with leave to appear as a witness in court under a subpoena or court order. See Crime Victim Leave.
  • California employers may not terminate or discriminate against employees for taking time off to serve on a jury. See Jury Duty Leave.
  • Employees who do not have sufficient time outside of working hours to vote in a statewide election may take off enough time to vote. See Voting Leave.
  • A covered employer must provide up to 14 days of job-protected leave so that an employee who performs emergency duty as a volunteer firefighter, a reserve peace officer or emergency rescue personnel can attend fire, law enforcement or emergency rescue training. See Emergency Responder Leave.
  • Employees who are not able to work because of an industrial injury are entitled to benefits and leave. See Industrial Injury Leave.
  • California law provides employees with similar rights and responsibilities as those under the federal Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Act. See Military Leave.
  • Most employers are required to provide eligible employees with Civil Air Patrol leave. See Civil Air Patrol Leave.
  • Most employers are required to accommodate employees who reveal a literacy problem and request assistance to enroll in an education program. See Literacy Leave and Accommodation.
  • Employers must reasonably accommodate employees by providing unpaid time off to any employee who voluntarily enters and participates in a drug or alcohol rehabilitation program. See Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Leave.
  • Localities including Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco have requirements pertaining to other leaves. See Local Requirements.