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Mental health leave under the California Family Rights Act

In the bustling state of California, employees have the right to take time off work for their mental well-being.

The California Family Rights Act is legislation that ensures employees have the opportunity to prioritize their mental health without fearing job loss or repercussions.

What is the California Family Rights Act?

The CFRA is a state law safeguarding the rights of eligible employees to take unpaid leaves of absence for various family and medical reasons. This includes mental health concerns. This act applies to companies with five or more employees.

The CFRA allows eligible employees to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave within a 12-month period. During this time, employees can seek treatment, attend therapy sessions, or take a break to alleviate the symptoms of mental health conditions. Employees must provide reasonable notice to their employer when requesting such leave.

Who is eligible for mental health leave?

To be eligible for mental health leave under CFRA, employees must work for their employer for at least 12 months, during which they clock a minimum of 1,250 hours. These requirements ensure that those who invested time and effort into their jobs receive support when they need it the most. Employees who return from leave receive reinstatement to the same or an equivalent position.

This legislation provides job protection to employees who take leave for mental health reasons. The CFRA not only helps individuals prioritize their well-being but also contributes to a more compassionate and supportive work environment across the state of California.


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