Leave of Absence Options Available for New Dad in California
Our employee’s wife just had a baby and he is asking us if he can take time off work and how much he will get paid. What are we required to do? We have never had this come up before.
Many people think baby bonding applies only to moms, but it also applies to a biological, adoptive or foster care dad, stepdad, legal guardian or someone who stands in the shoes of a dad in relation to care of a baby or child, otherwise known as “loco parentis.”
Time off for bonding in California is required under two laws that apply to employers depending on company size.
• The New Parent Leave Act (NPLA) went into effect January 1, 2018 and applies to employers of 20 or more employees.
• The California Family Rights Act (CFRA) of 1993 applies to employers of 50 or more employees.
To be eligible for either of these leaves, an employee would have to have been employed for 1 year and worked 1,250 hours during the last 12 months before the leave.