Although California law does not require employers to provide employees with sick leave benefits, employers who do provide sick leave benefits are required to permit employees to use a minimum of one-half of any available accrued sick leave per year for the purpose of attending to a child, parent, spouse, registered domestic partner or child of the employee’s registered domestic partner who is ill.
Domestic Abuse/ Sexual Assault/Stalking Leave
This leave applies to any employer with 25 employees or more and requires an employer to provide an indefinite leave of absence to an employee who is seeking services or medical attention as a result of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking.
Military Spouse Leave
This leave applies to employers with 25 or more employees and allows an employee to take up to 10 days to spend time with a military spouse who has been deployed in military conflict.
Organ Donation Leave
This leave applies to employers with 15 or more employees and provides eligible employees with up to one month of paid protected leave in a year to donate an organ. This leave is explicitly excluded from running concurrently with FMLA or CFRA.
Bone Marrow Leave
This leave applies to employers with 15 or more employees and provides eligible employees with up to one week of paid protected leave in a year to donate an organ. Th is leave is explicitly excluded from running concurrently with FMLA or CFRA.
School Activities Leave
This leave applies to employers with 25 or more employees and provides eligible employees with up to 40 hours of leave per year to participate in school activities with their children.
School Appearance Leave
This law applies to all employers and requires them to provide employees with time off in order to appear at school on a child’s behalf with regard to school suspension.
Civil Air Patrol
This leave requires any employer with 10 or more employees to provide no less than 10 days per calendar year of unpaid leave for an employee who is responding to an emergency operational mission of the California Wing of the Civil Air Patrol. If it is only a single emergency operational mission, only three days of leave is required.
Victims of Crime Leave
This leave applies to any employer and requires the employer to provide an indefinite amount of leave in order to attend judicial proceedings to an employee who is a victim of crime as defined in statute, or has an immediate family member who was a victim of crime.
Volunteer Firefighting, Reserve Peace Officer, and Emergency Rescue Personnel Leave
This leave applies to employers with 50 or more employees and requires the employer to provide an employee who is a volunteer firefighter, reserve peace officer, or emergency rescue personnel, with up to 14 days of leave per year to engage in fire, law enforcement or emergency rescue training.
This leave applies to all employers and requires employers to provide employees with as much time off as needed to vote. A maximum of two hours of time off to vote is paid.
Jury Duty/Witness Leave
This leave applies to all employers and requires employers to provide any employee called upon for jury duty or subpoenaed as a witness time off from work for the duration of the civil service on a jury or as a witness.
DISCLAIMER: This information provided here is intended to provide accurate, general information about protected leaves available to employees. Because laws and legal procedures are subject to frequent change and differing interpretations, Teamsters 856 cannot ensure that the information in this guide is current, nor be responsible for any use to which it is put. Do not rely on this information without first consulting with your representative and/or consulting an attorney or the appropriate agency about your rights. Members with specific leave questions may contact their representative and/or Staff Attorney and Leave Coordinator Susanna Farber.