The companies have a leave policy which makes it mandatory for them to allow employees to take leave from work as and when required for various reasons. The leave benefits could be paid, unpaid, or partially paid. This depends on the employer. The employer in accordance with the state government’s laws will sign an agreement with the employee or the employees union regarding the various leave policies and the pay for each type of leave granted.
In California, employers have to comply with many acts which allow the employees to take leave of any kind for medical and health reasons. In addition the employee must meet the required criteria to be eligible for the medical leave benefits. My father went on medical leave, thanks to these California laws.
My father was employed with the same employer for a very long span ranging for years. He has devoted maximum work hours in his company. So he was eligible to avail the leave benefits in his company. He had paid leave even during his medical illness and was reinstated back into his company because of the California laws safeguarding the employees.
The California rules are eligible for the employees who have worked for a minimum of at least 12 months. Even after working for a long period, if the employee terminates the contract then medical leave is not granted upon rejoining till he completes 12 months of service again. The California family and medical leave act grants 12 weeks of paid leave on medical grounds to the employee as well as for the members of the employee’s family. But the chances of paid leave being substituted by unpaid leave are much more.
Therefore it is essential to know the company’s leave policy.