Family and medical leave eligibility expands

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, March 16, 2007 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

AB 537 (Sandré Swanson, D-Oakland) would make several changes to the family and medical leave act (FMLA). Current law permits an employee to take up to 12 work-weeks of unpaid protected leave during any 12 month period to bond with a child born to, adopted by, or placed for foster care with the employee; or to care for the employee’s parent, spouse, or child who has a serious health condition; or because the employee is suffering from a serious health condition.

This bill expands eligibility significantly by removing the age and dependency elements from the definition of a "child". This would allow employees to take leave to care for an independent adult child. The bill also expands the definition of "parent" to include in-laws.

In addition, the bill doubles the eligible relationships covered by FMLA to include seriously ill grandparents, siblings, grandchildren, and domestic partners.

Expanding eligibility requirements could have a negative impact on an employer’s ability to schedule personnel effectively. AB 537 should be carefully evaluated by employers and CMTA requests that you share any concerns with us. Contact Cynthia Leon at or by calling 916/498-3322.

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