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4-10 Medical Leave Policy -Section II: Purpose

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Approved: Board of Supervisors
Authority: Human Resources
Resolution: 10-0852
Revised Date: December 14, 2010

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II. Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to provide County employees and departments/agencies with information about the federal and state laws and local regulations, rules and agreements that govern medical leaves of absence so when circumstances arise where a medical leave is needed, the information is available in one resource. The information in this policy describes eligibility requirements for medical leave, the process for applying for leave and the benefits that will be available during approved times of medical leave. This policy is a compilation of the applicable provisions relating to medical leave which are frequently subject to changes in the law. Should this policy be in conflict with laws, rules or agreements, those laws, rules or agreements shall control.

The laws covered by this policy are the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)1, which is federal law, and the California Family Rights Act (CFRA)2 and California Pregnancy Disability Leave (CPDL)3 statutes, which are state entitlements and obligations. Additionally, this policy provides information regarding locally negotiated Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) leave provisions and Civil Service Rules leave provisions4, and any applicable county agency and special district personnel policies. After reviewing the policy, if you have any questions concerning these laws, agreement provisions or rules, please contact your department/agency designated representative (often the department’s Human Resources Liaison or payroll professional) and or/bargaining unit representative.


1 Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) - 29 U.S.C. Section 2601, et seq. 
2 California Family Rights Act (CFRA) - Govt. Code Section 12945.2
3 California Pregnancy Disability Leave (CPDL) - Govt. Code Section 12945
4 Civil Service Rule 12, “Leaves of Absence”

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