2nd Comment Period Opens for Proposed CFRA Regulations

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Oct. 17, 2014

An updated version of the proposed amendments to the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) regulations has been released by the Fair Employment and Housing Council (Council).  This document reflects changes made in response to comments received when the proposed text was originally released earlier this year.  Click here to review the changes.

The rulemaking proceedings for the CFRA regulations was noticed in February 2014, followed by two public hearings and a 45-day comment period that ended on June 2, 2014.  Based on the information received, the Council modified its proposed text and released it earlier this week for a 15-day comment period that ends Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 5:00 pm.  CMTA encourages all interested and affected parties to respond.

The CFRA is the state’s interpretation of the federal Family Medical Leave Act.  It applies to all California manufacturers that employ 50 or more part-time or full-time employees.  It ensures work leave rights for the birth of a child for purposes of bonding; for placement of a child in an employee’s family for adoption or foster care; for the serious health condition of an employee’s child, parent or spouse; and for an employee’s own serious health condition.

The Council is amending the regulations to “… further supplement those regulations, primarily by clarifying confusing rules, making technical amendments to ease readability, and adopting and modifying some of the parallel federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) regulations. This action has the specific benefit of creating a more comprehensive set of rules to ensure that employees and employers better understand their rights and duties, in turn reducing litigation costs and court overcrowding.”

Please contact Nicole Rice (nrice@cmta.net) for questions or comments concerning the regulation changes.


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