CalChamber to Host Live Webinar on Pregnancy, Parental Leave Laws

Recorded Webinar Now Available

To help California employers manage the numerous leave laws surrounding pregnancy, new parental leave and baby bonding, the California Chamber of Commerce is hosting a live webinar on Thursday, May 17.

Under California’s Pregnancy Disability Leave (PDL), employers with five or more employees must allow an employee to take up to four months of job-protected leave when the employee is disabled by pregnancy.

On the books for 2018, California’s New Parent Leave Act (NPLA) requires that smaller employers provide new parents with up to 12 workweeks of unpaid job-protected leave to bond with a new child.

Under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the similar California Family Rights Act (CFRA), job-protected parental leave is not new for workers at companies with 50 or more employees.

“Even if you are a covered employer under FMLA/CFRA, there may be times when you have an employee who is not eligible for FMLA/CFRA, but is eligible for Parental Leave,” notes Erika Pickles, webinar co-presenter and CalChamber employment law counsel.

Join CalChamber employment law experts online for specifics on leave eligibility and employer obligations:

  • Pregnancy Disability Leave (five or more employees);
  • California Parental Leave (20–49 employees);
  • FMLA/CFRA leave for baby bonding (50 or more employees);
  • Continuation of health benefits and return to work rights;
  • Notice and policy requirements;
  • Best practices.


Erika Frank, executive vice president, legal affairs, and general counsel. She joined CalChamber in April 2004 as a policy advocate and general counsel, leveraging her 10 years of legal, governmental and legislative experience. Named vice president of legal affairs in 2009, she is CalChamber’s subject matter expert on California and federal employment law. Frank oversees and contributes to CalChamber’s labor law and human resources compliance publications; co-produces and presents webinars and seminars; and heads the Labor Law Helpline. J.D. McGeorge School of Law.

Erika Pickles, employment law counsel and HR adviser. She joined CalChamber in 2015 as employment law counsel and a Helpline HR adviser. She previously represented employers in California and federal employment law litigation, class actions, and private arbitration involving a range of workplace-related issues, including wage and hour, discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination claims. Pickles also investigated and responded to administrative claims before state and federal agencies, and conducted employment law training seminars. J.D. University of San Francisco School of Law.


For more information or to register for the Bundle of Labor Laws: PDL, California’s New Parental Leave, and Baby Bonding Under FMLA and CFRA live webinar, call (800) 331-8877 or go online. The cost is $199 ($159.20 for CalChamber Preferred and Executive members).

This webinar is optimized for viewing on mobile devices, and it is approved for 1.5 HRCI recertification, SHRM professional development and MCLE credit hours. The webinar purchase includes a recorded version that’s available after the live event.