Relationship Between CFRA Leave and Pregnancy Disability Leave.
(a) Separate and Distinct Entitlements.
The right to take a CFRA leave under Government Code section 12945.2 is separate and distinct from the right to take a pregnancy disability leave under Government Code section 12945 and section 11035 et seq. of the regulations.
(b) Serious Health Condition - Pregnancy.
An employee's own disability due to pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions is not included as a serious health condition under CFRA. Any period of incapacity or treatment due to pregnancy, including prenatal care, is included as a serious health condition under FMLA.
(c) CFRA Leave after Pregnancy Disability Leave.
At the end of the employee's period(s) of pregnancy disability, or at the end of four months pregnancy disability leave, whichever occurs first, a CFRA-eligible employee may request to take CFRA leave of up to 12 workweeks for reason of the birth of her child, if the child has been born by this date. There is no requirement that either the employee or child have a serious health condition in order for the employee to take CFRA leave. There is also no requirement that the employee no longer be disabled by her pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions before taking CFRA leave for reason of the birth of her child.
(1) Where an employee has utilized four months of pregnancy disability leave prior to the birth of her child, and her health care provider determines that a continuation of the leave is medically necessary, an employer may, but is not required to, allow an eligible employee to utilize CFRA leave prior to the birth of her child. No employer shall, however, be required to provide more CFRA leave than the amount to which the employee is otherwise entitled.
(d) Maximum Entitlement.
The maximum possible combined leave entitlement for both pregnancy disability leave (under FMLA and Government Code section 12945) and CFRA leave for reason of the birth of the child (under this article) is four months and 12 workweeks. This assumes that the employee is disabled by pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions for four months and then requests, and is eligible for, a 12-week CFRA leave for reason of the birth of her child.
Government Code 12935(a)
Government Code 12945
Government Code 12945.2
29 U.S.C. 2601 et seq.
29 C.F.R. ¬§ 825.
(Amended by Register 2013, No. 40.)