- Written by Susannah L. Ashton
New Policy and Posting Requirements
Effective April 1, 2016, employers must comply with new policy and notice requirements related to Pregnancy Disability Leave (“PDL”):
- New Posters: Previous law required employers with 5-49 employees to post PDL Notice A and employers with 50 or more employees to post PDL Notice B.
-“Your Rights and Obligations as a Pregnant Employee” replaces Notice A
-“Family Care and Medical Leave (CFRA Leave) and Pregnancy Disability Leave” replaces Notice B
- New Handout: When an employee provides notice of pregnancy or the need for leave or reasonable accommodation related to pregnancy, the employer must provide the employee with the new “Your Rights and Obligations as a Pregnant Employee” Notice
- New Company Policy: Employers are now required to either:
(1) Update their handbooks to include notice of PDL rights, or
(2) Send employees a notice of such rights on an annual basis.
New Posters and Handouts can be accessed directly from the Department of Industrial Relations, http://www.dfeh.ca.gov/Publications_Publications.htm.
- Written by Greg Blueford
In the second half of 2015, Netflix announced it would begin offering employees who become new parents unlimited paid maternity/paternity leave for one year. Employees will be allowed to take off as much time as they want during the first twelve months after a child’s birth or adoption.
Under its new policy, Netflix allows employees on parental leave the luxury to continue part-time or full-time employment and to take leave as needed during the first year after their child’s birth or adoption, all of which is paid at their current salary on the company’s dime. Netflix, wanting to attract and retain the most “talented” employees, believes this policy allows employees to feel supported by the company during an important change in their lives and help them return to work more focused and dedicated.