Calif. Labor Code §§230.8 and 233
Amended by S.B. 579
Effective date: January 1, 2016

An employer is prohibited from discharging or discriminating against an employee for taking take time off to enroll their child in school or with a licensed child care provider, or to address a child care provider or school emergency, as long as:

  • the time taken off does not exceed 8 hours per month and 40 hours per year; and
  • reasonable notice is given to the employer.

Employees protected by this law now include a grandparent or any other person who stands in loco parentis to a child (i.e. someone who is not a biological or legal parent of the child but assumes the role of the child’s parent).

Additionally, an employer may not deny an employee use of sick leave to attend to the preventive care of a family member, or to obtain relief as a victim of domestic violence, stalking or sexual assault.

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