Leaves of Absence
State law provides employees with several types of protected leaves of absence and other time off from work. However, not all employees are entitled to the full range of protected leaves of absence.
Whether an employee is entitled to a protected leave depends on several factors, including the type of leave requested, the size of the company and the length of the employee’s employment.
An employer cannot deny an employee a leave of absence for which he or she is qualified. When a qualified employee requests or takes a protected leave of absence, the employer may not retaliate against the employee for doing so.
Some examples of protected leaves of absence include those for:
- Physical and mental disabilities
- Serious health conditions
- Pregnancy, childbirth, and related conditions
- Family and caregiver responsibilities
- Military service
- Jury Duty