As of 2022, the state of California has new leave requirements for employers.California has expanded the definition of family members to include parents-in-law. The new definition applies to both private and public sector employees with 5 or more employees. The requirement went into effect on January 1.
New requirements this year also include changes to the small employer family leave mediation pilot program. The program applies to California employers with between 5 and 19 employees. Either the employer or the employee may request participation in mediation through the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) dispute resolution division. In 2022, participation in the program is now prerequisite to the employee suing the employer.