Sec. 11041 - Transfer

§ 11041. Transfer

(a) Transfer - All Employers

(1) It is unlawful for an employer who has a policy, practice, or collective bargaining agreement requiring or authorizing the transfer of temporarily disabled employees to less strenuous or hazardous positions or duties for the duration of the disability, including disabilities or conditions resulting from on-the-job injuries, to fail to apply the policy, practice or collective bargaining agreement to transfer an employee who is disabled by pregnancy and who so requests.

(2) It is unlawful for an employer to deny the request of an employee affected by pregnancy to transfer provided that:

(A) The employee's request is based on the advice of her health care provider that a transfer is medically advisable; and

(B) Such transfer can be reasonably accommodated by the employer. To provide a transfer, an employer need not create additional employment that the employer would not otherwise have created, discharge another employee, violate the terms of a collective bargaining agreement, transfer another employee with more seniority, or promote or transfer any employee who is not qualified to perform the new job. An employer may accommodate a pregnant employee's transfer request by transferring another employee, but there is no obligation to do so.

(C) An employer may, but need not, require a medical certification substantiating the employee's need for transfer, as set forth in sections 11049(a) and (b), and 11050(b).

(b) Burden of Proof. The burden shall be on the employer to prove, by a preponderance of the evidence, that such transfer cannot be reasonably accommodated for one or more of the enumerated reasons listed in section 11041(a)(2).

(c) Transfer to Accommodate Intermittent Leave or a Reduced Work Schedule. If an employee's health care provider provides medical certification that an employee has a medical need to take intermittent leave or leave on a reduced work schedule because of pregnancy, the employer may require the employee to transfer temporarily to an available alternative position that meets the needs of the employee. The employee must meet the qualifications of the alternative position. The alternative position must have the equivalent rate of pay and benefits, and must better accommodate the employee's leave requirements than her regular job, but does not have to have equivalent duties.

(d) Right to Reinstatement after Transfer. When the employee's health care provider certifies that there is no further medical advisability for the transfer, intermittent leave, or leave on a reduced work schedule, the employer must reinstate the employee to her same or comparable position in accordance with the requirements of section 11043.

(2. Amendment of subsection (d) filed 12-9-2015; operative 4-1-2016 (Register 2015, No. 50).)

Note: Authority cited: Section 12935(a), Government Code. Reference: Section 12945, Government Code; FMLA, 29 U.S.C. § 2601, et seq. and FMLA regulations, 29 C.F.R. § 825.

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