Under the New Parent Leave Act, employees who work for a company with 20 or more employees within a 75-mile radius may take up to 12 weeks of job-protected leave to bond with a new child within one year of the child’s birth, adoption, or foster care placement. To qualify for leave, employees must have worked for the employer for more than 12 months and worked at least 1,250 hours during the previous 12 months. An employer employing both parents who are both entitled to leave for the same child does not have to give more than 12 weeks of leave total to the employees. The employer may grant simultaneous leave to these parents if the employer chooses. The law becomes effective January 1, 2018.
Please contact us if you need help updating your employee handbooks, or for assistance with your employee’s leave requests, including requests by employees to take baby bonding leave.