California and many other states offer additional leave benefits for eligible employees (for example, the California Family Rights Act). If you live in a state with its own laws, the law that is most favorable to you (either federal or state) will apply.
Returning to Work
If you are away from work to recover from childbirth or your own illness, you must coordinate your return to work with an Employee Health Services medical case manager.
Similar to FMLA, the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) provides you with up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave during a 12-month period. CFRA protects your job while you are away. You can use CFRA leave to Care for yourself if you cannot work because of your own illness, bond with a new child and care for a sick family member including:
children of any age
children of a domestic partner
and siblings of the employee
CFRA may run concurrently with FMLA and other Sandia time away from work benefits, including sickness absence leave.
Caring for a sick child or parent can take its toll – emotionally and financially. Your Sandia medical plan and Sandia’s employee assistance program can point you to many resources to help. Find more details.