McLeod Witham

Pregnancy, Maternity Leave & Lactation Accommodations

California To Enhance Paid Family Leave and Disability Benefits

California was the first state in the nation to offer paid family leave.  Today, it remains one of only a handful of states in the country to offer such a program.  Since its implementation in 2004, Californians who have the SDI deduction taken from their paychecks - including all employees and self-employed individuals who choose to contribute - are eligible to receive partial wage replacement benefits through the state’s Employment Development Department for up to six weeks, in order to bond with a new baby or care for a seriously ill family member, among other reasons.  Wa

Know Your Maternity Leave & Workplace Rights

I am excited to announce that I will be teaching a new class at the Pump Station's two locations in Los Angeles for expectant and new parents, "Know Your Maternity Leave & Workplace Rights."  The class will cover the complex array of laws applicable to expectant and new parents in California and help you make sense of it all. You won't have to wonder how much maternity leave you are entitled to, or whether your employer can cut your pay while you take time to pump.

ACA Uncertainties: Do employers still need to provide lactation accommodations if the ACA is repealed?

Among the questions we’ve been asked lately regarding the potential impact of the anticipated repeal of the Affordable Care Act (the “ACA” or “Obamacare”) is whether employers in California must continue to provide lactation accommodations to employees, if the landmark healthcare law is repealed.  In short, yes