California Adds New Protections To Pregnancy Disability Leave Law

by Sayema Hameed

Existing California law requires employers with five or more employees to provide employees pregnancy disability leave of up to four (4) months before returning to work.  Effective January 1, 2012, California law now also requires an employer to maintain and pay for group health plan coverage for an employee who takes such leave.

As amended, Government Code Section 12945 now requires all employers with five or more employees to continue to maintain and pay for health coverage under a group health plan for an eligible female employee who takes pregnancy disability leave up to a maximum of four (4) months in a 12-month period. The benefits are at the same level and under the same conditions as if the employee had continued working during the leave period.

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