Back in January, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing announced changes to the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) regulations which will impact the California Pregnancy Disability Leave (PDL) law. Effective April 1st, 2016, these amendments will affect both regulations and notices.

Updated Regulations

  • Employees are now entitled to four months of leave “per pregnancy” and not “per year”
  • PDL need not be taken in one continuous period, but can be taken intermittently or on a reduced schedule
  • Minor changes to the provision of group health coverage to employees while out on leave
  • Clarification of Pregnancy accommodation requirements

The full list of amendments is available on the DFEH website.

Updated notices

Up until now, employers were required to provide one of two Rights and Responsibility notices dependent on the company size. One notice was for employers with less than 50 employees, and the other for those worksites with 50 or more. These notices were previously referred to as “Notice A” and “Notice B.” The amendment to the law has removed the two notices and replaced it with a consolidated notice entitled Your Rights and Obligations as a Pregnant Employee,that will encompass all worksites. This notice must be posted in the worksite, as well as provided to a pregnant employee as soon as they have notified their employer of the pregnancy.

The amended notice is available on the DFEH website.