New publications were released in March of 2019 pertaining to employers’ obligations to notify employees of their rights related to family medical, parental, disability and pregnancy leaves. Specifically, the California Employment Development Department (EDD) released two new brochures pertaining to disability leave benefits and family care/medical leave benefits that provide updated information on the amount and calculation of paid benefits, and other clarifications. In addition, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) issued a new notice on family care and medical leave, and pregnancy disability leave. While the previous version of this DFEH notice applied only to employers with 50 or more employees, this new notice also applies to employers with 20-49 employees who are now covered under the recently-enacted New Parent Leave Act. Employers can comply with these notification obligations as follows:
- Post the information in the new Family Care and Medical Leave and Pregnancy Disability Leave notice (DFEH-100-21) in the workplace in a visible location that employees frequent.
- Distribute the information in the new State Disability Insurance (DE 2515) and California Paid Family Leave (DE 2511) brochures to individual employees at appropriate times, such as at the time of hire and when an employee experiences an event through which they are potentially qualified for such benefits.
Note that this article highlights only the above publications that are newly updated. There are a myriad of other posting and notice obligations for employers on wage/hour, safety, leaves of absence and other topics. Employers who are not sure about their posting and notice obligations should consult with competent employment counsel.