There are new laws that have gone into effect January 1, 2012. These are applicable to all businesses with 5 or more employees. The State of California Department of Fair Employment and Housing says:
“Under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, if you are disabled by pregnancy, childbirth or a related medical condition you are able to take pregnancy disability leave. If you are affected by pregnancy or a related medical condition, you are also eligible to transfer to a less strenuous or hazardous duties,if this transfer is medically advisable”
“PDL is for any period[s] of actual disability caused by your pregnancy childbirth or a related medical condition up to four months[ or 88 work days for a full-time employee] per pregnancy”
You will also be required to continue to pay for medical benefits as you are doing before the leave. For more detail contact me and I will send you information from the California Employers Association. Have any of you hired a new employee in 2012 and remember to give them the form (now required of employers) regarding salaries and workers compensation coverage?
Mark Leno has introduce SB 810. This bill is the so-called single payer bill. If passed the state would in effect be in the insurance business. What do you think of this?
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