2020 Tools & Tactics Webinar: New Year, New Eligibility – CFRA’s New Look for 2021

DMEC StaffTools & Tactics, Webinars

Thursday, Dec. 10

9:00 am PT | 12:00 pm ET

California wrapped up its 2020 legislative session with the Governor passing several bills that bring dramatic changes to employee leave requirements. The California Family Rights Act (CFRA) saw changes that not only expanded the situations in which an eligible employee may qualify for leave by broadening the definition of a family member, but also significantly increased the number of employers who must comply with its provisions. The new law decreases the employer eligibility threshold to just five employees, thus expanding the obligation to provide leave to many small employers not covered before.

Whether you are a newly obligated employer under CFRA or an employer with years of experience administering the law, this webinar will leave you better equipped to manage claims under the law. This session will explore what’s changing and when, and what that means for California employers. We will guide attendees through the multiple leave laws at play in California, with a deep dive into CFRA, and paying particular attention to one of the most common leave reasons for which employers administer claims: pregnancy. Our legal expert will lay out practical application of how and when the laws intersect and how to maintain compliance going into the new year with new obligations under the law.

DMEC members receive free registration for webinars.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the new changes to the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) that go into effect January 1, 2021.
  • Build a deeper understanding of CFRA and its interplay with other leave laws, both at the federal and state level.
  • Explore the practical application of the various leave laws at play in the state of California, with a particular emphasis on the interplay between federal law, CFRA, and pregnancy leave.


Presenter Cepideh Roufougar Cepideh Roufougar, Principal, Jackson Lewis P.C.

Cepideh Roufougar is a principal in the San Francisco office of Jackson Lewis P.C. and the co-leader of the firm’s California Advice and Counsel resource group. She advises and counsels management in all areas of labor and employment law, with a focus on identifying practical solutions to help ensure compliance with state and federal law.

Cepideh is an experienced trainer and presents on a wide range of subjects, including leave management and reasonable accommodations; preventing discrimination, harassment, and retaliation; implementing and sustaining disciplinary actions; conducting defensible workplace investigations; first-line supervisor trainings; performance management/evaluations; and wage and hour issues.

Cepideh has defended employers in employment litigation matters and claims of harassment and discrimination. Before joining Jackson Lewis, Cepideh practiced at a well-regarded local labor and employment firm and served as in-house counsel for a local public agency.


This session qualifies for the following CEUs: 1 ADMS, 1 CDMS, 1 CLMS, 1 PHR, and 1 SHRM. To qualify for CEU credit:

  • You must attend the full duration of the webinar. Following the webinar and once attendance has been confirmed, you will receive an email with CEU reporting information.
  • You must register for and watch the webinar individually. Group participation does not qualify for CEU credit.

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 Registration Fees

Registration Fees
DMEC members Free
Nonmembers $29.99

DMEC members receive free registration for webinars.