California Leave of Absence “Boot Camp” for Texas Employers

Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2023 at 9am – 12pm
Via Zoom


This seminar will prepare Texas employers for the challenges presented by employee absences in California, including some of the most detailed and protective in the country. Attendees will receive a detailed overview of the state and federal laws protecting employee absences, disability accommodation requirements, and laws protecting employees who take such leaves. Specifically covered will be:

  • The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the California Family Rights Act (CFRA), and the way the two laws interact. Covered in detail will be the dramatic expansion of the CFRA for all employers with five or more employees, requiring most employers to provide up to 12 weeks of job-protected leave.
  • Leave-related laws applicable in California, including but not limited to:
    •  Covid-19-related
    •  Pregnancy disability
    • Employee’s own serious health condition
    • Child, parent, or other family member’s serious health condition (new details for 2023)
    • Physical or mental disability
    • Baby bonding/adoption/foster care
    • Bereavement (new)
    • Alcohol and drug rehabilitation
    • Military service
    • Jury duty
    • Witness testimony
    • Voting
    • Activities attributable to being a victim of domestic violence
    • Activities attributable to being a crime victim
    • Organ and bone marrow donation
    • Volunteer firefighter/reserve police officer/emergency rescue service
    • Lactation accommodation
    • Paid sick leave (new details for 2023)
  • Leave laws’ various applications to COVID-19-related absences will be covered in detail.
  • Wage-replacement considerations for employees on leave in California, including State Disability Insurance, Paid Family Leave (PFL), and unemployment compensation
  • Required policies and postings

Form policies will be shared, and typical hypotheticals will be reviewed along with potential compliance strategies.


Scott Brutocao is a licensed California and Texas attorney who has been litigating employment cases and advising employers California for 28 years and in Texas for 22 years.  He is also board certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas board of Legal Specialization.  He is a frequent speaker on employment law topics throughout the state.


  • Clients of CSMBB: $100, or $175 for both this and “California Law for Texas Employers” seminar
  • Non-Clients: $200, or $350 for both this and the “California Law for Texas Employers” seminar
  • Group Discounts available.


To register for either seminar and for questions, please email or or call 512.328.1540.


This course has been approved for 2.75 hours of CLE credit by the Texas Bar, and we will provide documentation for credit for all other certifications, including SHRM and HRCI.