CFRA EXPANDED TO APPLY TO "DESIGNATED PERSONS"
A new California law signed into being by Governor Gavin Newsom on September 29, 2022, expands the type of individual an employee may take leave to care for. Under previous law, an employee could only obtain protected leave from work if they were caring for the serious medical condition of a parent or child. Siblings, friends and others, however ill, and however much they could be helped by the employee, did not count and provided no right for leave to care for another.
The new law allows employees to identify in advance a "designated person" for whom they may take leave to care for. The designated person must be tied by blood or whose association with the employee is the equivalent of family.
This law expands the types of people an employee can take medical leave for the purpose of caring for an immediate family member or designated person.
If you have questions about this issue please feel free to contact Christopher Taylor, Esq at (626) 219-6008.