What are my employment rights to time off during the adoption or foster placement of a child?

The federal Family Medical Leave Act and the California Family Rights Act let you take leave (time off) from your job when you adopt a child. You can take up to twelve weeks off in a twelve month period for family leave. You can take this time off for childbirth, adoption, or for placement of a foster child. Your employer must give you at least two weeks of leave. However, your employer can grant less than two weeks leave if you take more than one leave during a calendar year. If you and your domestic partner/spouse work for the same employer, the employer may limit the twelve weeks to cover both you and your domestic partner/spouse. These rules apply to employers who employ over 50 people and to federal/state government employers.

Visit the United States Department of Labor  or the California Fair Employment and Housing Commission for more information.

Want more information about  the Family Medical Leave Act and California Family Rights Act ? Click here to compare the two laws.