The California Family Rights Act ("CFRA") and Pregnancy Disability Leave statute ("PDL") prohibit employers from refusing to permit eligible employees to take leave for specified reasons, including to care for a family member who has a serious health condition or to take pregnancy disability leave. Existing California law also prohibits retaliation against an employee who exercises rights under the CFRA or PDL laws. AB 592 amends the CFRA and PDL statutes to make it illegal for an employer to interfere with, restrain, or deny the exercise of or attempt to exercise any right provided by California's Pregnancy Disability Leave law or Family Rights Act.

The effect of this new law is to align the CFRA and PDL statutes more closely with the federal Family Medical Leave Act ("FMLA") rights, which include a prohibition on employer interference with exercise of FMLA rights.