School Activity Leave allows parents, guardians, and also grandparents time to attend their child’s school activities. Learn what it is and how you can use it this school year!
Originally named Family – School Partnership Act in California, the Labor Code Law 230.8, allows for time off from work to attend school activities. I was surprised to learn this law was enacted in 1995! However, not every state has this law. You can search this article from Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) to easily find your state and its laws.
For Californians, School Activity Leave allows employees up to 40 hours per calendar year to attend your child’s school activity if they are in kindergarten through 12th grade. It also includes activities held by licensed child care providers!
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How you can use School Activity Leave
First, talk with your manager about School Activity Leave before you plan to use it. In California, employers must have more than 25 employees at the same work location.
Some employers may require documentation. This can be a school flyer or letter. I suggest keeping the documentation on hand or scanned and saved in case you need to provide again at a later time.
For full time employees, you will use your vacation or sick time during the leave. For part-time employees, who may not be eligible for vacation time or other compensation time, the law allows you to use time without pay.
Spread the word about School Activity Leave
Did you know about this law? When I asked my family and friends, less than half knew about the School Activity Leave law. It can help avoid calling in sick, being late, or worse being fired. Now that you know about this law, will you plan to use it this school year? Share this information with your family, friends, and co-workers!