The Government Code – Family and Medical Leave

An act to amend Section 12945.2 of the Government Code, relating to family and medical leave.


Increases the circumstances under which an employee is entitled to protected leave pursuant to the Family Rights Act by (1) eliminating the age and dependency elements from the definition of “child,” thereby permitting an employee to take protected leave to care for his or her independent adult child suffering from a serious health condition, (2) expanding the definition of “parent” to include an employee’s parent-in-law, and (3) permitting an employee to also take leave to care for a seriously ill grandparent, sibling, grandchild, or domestic partner, as defined.


In committee – Held under submission

Our Position: Support

AB 2039 proposes important amendments to the California Family Rights Act that will preserve the state’s strong public policy commitment to nondiscrimination, and recognize and support the current diversity of California families. AB 2039 expands the overly narrow definition of persons for whom job-protected CFRA leave may be taken, thus enabling Californians to better fulfill both work and family responsibilities.