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California law requires most employers to provide sick leave and other types of paid and unpaid leave to most employees. An employer in California may be required to provide an employee extended unpaid sick leave in accordance with the California Family Rights Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, or other state and federal laws. Additionally, employers who choose to offer vacation must follow certain guidelines. California employers must be aware of the various rules, regulations and "best practices". While the federal law provides for the minimum benefits an employer must offer, California enhancements often take employers by surprise. Learn the rules governing pregnancy leave, sick leave and other forms of paid or unpaid leave under California law.


  • California Family Rights Act (CFRA)
  • Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • Pregnancy Disability Leave (PDL)
  • Alcohol and drug rehabilitation leave
  • California FEHA disability leave and the Americans with Disability Act (ADA)


As a California employer or employee, knowing what the law requires of you can prevent troublesome claims and/or legal actions and keep the employer-employee relationship running smoothly. One of the most technical areas employers and employees face is knowing and understanding the various types of paid and unpaid leave that employees are entitled to under both federal and California law. This course will familiarize the attendee with what types of leave are available, whether the leave must be paid or unpaid and what the conditions for that leave are.


  • Satisfying accommodation requirements
  • California paid sick leave
  • Employer leave of absence policies and practices
  • Vacation Accrual Policies in California


This will benefit:

  • HR Generalists and Staff
  • Benefit Analysts
  • Department Managers and Supervisors
  • Small Business Owners and Operators


Melvin K. Patterson, an attorney licensed to practice before all state and federal courts in California, is General Counsel to the Cedrus Group, a family of international financial services firms with offices around the globe. He is a member of the Labor & Employment Section of the California State Bar and has been admitted to the United States District Court for the Northern District of California as well as the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal. Mr. Patterson is experienced in Labor and Employment litigation and transactional matters in the U.S., Asia and the U.K. He has designed internal business policies, procedures and management structures, as well as inter-corporate relationships and has been a business owner himself. Mr. Patterson is an experienced trial litigator who has handled numerous business and commercial matters for over 20 years on behalf of an elite clientele around the world. He has defended clients in matters brought against companies by employees, commercial business agreements and government regulatory matters. Mr. Patterson holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the John F. Kennedy University School of Law, as well as a Certificate in Strategic Human Resource Management from Cornell University. He has also earned the American Jurisprudence Award, completed specialized training in Assessing Economic Damages, Forensic Discovery and Preservation of Electronic Evidence and Data. Mr. Patterson was nominated to the National Dean's List and has been a speaker before such groups as the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, is a past contributing editor to California Motions In Limine (The Rutter Group) and has been a columnist for the "The Docket", the news and information journal of the San Mateo County Bar Ass'n. He has a knowledge of Korean, Japanese and Spanish languages.

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