How Long May A Woman Be Off Work For Pregnancy?

Under California law, an employer must provide up to four months disability leave for pregnant women. If more than four months of leave is provided for other types of temporary disabilities, the same leave must me made available to women who are disabled due to pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition. Pregnancy leave is required only when a woman is actually disabled. This includes time off needed for prenatal care, severe morning sickness, doctor­ordered bed rest, childbirth, recovery from childbirth, and related medical conditions.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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