The California Family Rights Act (CFRA) and federal Family and Medical Leave act (FMLA) provide family and medical leaves for a variety of specifically defined reasons. This section explains employer obligations to employees eligible for family and medical leave under the CFRA and the FMLA. In the past, the two laws were substantially similar and, although the two laws still overlap in many areas, there are important differences between them, such as employer coverage, employee eligibility, and the qualifying reasons for which leave can be taken.

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