Take Charge: Family Medical Leave & California Family Sick Time

March 2011


Federal & State law allows for the right to a protected leave to care for a family member/self with a serious or chronic medical health condition.

The Federal law is referred to as FMLA

Your rights under FMLA:

1. Employer may not fire you for taking up to 12 weeks of leave.
2. Employer must give you back the same or equivalent job after your leave.
3. Employer must continue to pay for your health insurance benefits – if you have them – during your leave.

You must meet these conditions to be eligible for FMLA:

1. You must have worked for the employer for at least 12 months (even as part time or temporary).
2. You must have worked at least 1250 hours during the 12 months prior to the leave.
3. You need time off from work to care for a family member with a serious medical condition.


Sharp allows RNs the ability to use up to 40 hours of ESI to care for an acutely ill family member.  The first 40 hours in a calendar year will not be counted as unscheduled absences.

Download "Take Charge" leaflet with this information to share with co-workers.

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