Employees often feel uncertain about their jobs when considering taking a medical leave because they fear that it will put their job at risk. However, California law allows employees to take time off for certain family and medical reasons. Under the California Family Rights Act (CFRA), you cannot be terminated for taking qualified leave. CFRA allows eligible employees to take up to twelve weeks unpaid leave within in a twelve month period, with a guaranteed position waiting upon your return – assuming you qualify. To be covered by the CFRA, the employer must have a minimum of fifty employees within a seventy-five mile radius, and the employee must have worked for the employer for at least twelve months and must have worked for 1,250 hours in the twelve months before the start of the leave. After you return to work from medical leave, your employer/co-workers have no right to harass or treat you differently because you took a leave.