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Baby Bonding and California Law

By Melissa Monks ; Updated April 18, 2017
Bonding is essential for the health of your baby.

According to the California Family Rights Act (CFRA), a woman can take up to 12 weeks of time off work for bonding with her new born in addition to the the four months granted for pregnancy disability leave.

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Job Protection

Under the California Family Rights Act, an employer must offer job protection for 12 weeks in addition to continuation of benefits.

CFRA Eligibility

A woman must have worked for her employer for one year and logged at least 1,250 physical hours prior to requesting leave.


While the CFRA does not grant paid leave, California Paid Family Leave legislation does provide wages at 55 percent for six weeks.

Pregnancy Disability Leave

Not intended for postnatal bonding, the Pregnancy Disability Leave act requires employers to ensure job security for woman who have severe morning sickness, or are advised against working by their doctors.

Employer's Programs

Always discuss leave options with your employer, it may have a program in place that exceeds state requirements.

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About the Author

Melissa Monks began writing professionally in 2003 and spent four years writing for the Beutler Heating and Air company newsletter. She also spent two years as a content director for StoryMash.com, publishing projects and blogs, and has worked as a research assistant for One On One, a company publishing educational material. Monks received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Utah.

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