From the Hotline: Multiple FMLA Leaves in a 12-Month Period

Question: In California, can an employee take multiple Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leaves if they are different leaves in a 12-month period?

Answer: Yes, so long as it does not exceed the allotment of 12 weeks, unless it is a maternity leave in the state of California.

In the case of a maternity leave, if the employee is also eligible for Family and Medical Leave Act and California Family Rights Act (FMLA and CFRA), the FMLA runs concurrently with Pregnancy Disability Leave (PDL). Following the pregnancy disability, the employee may use the CFRA to bond with the child at any time during the first year of the child’s life.