Policy and Laws

Federal/State Laws affecting Flexible Work Arrangements

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

The basic premise of the federal ADA is to protect qualified individuals with disabilities from discrimination. Under ADA, employers are also required to make reasonable accommodations to disabled individuals unless the employer can demonstrate that doing so would create an undue hardship on the employer’s operations. Per ADA guidelines, reasonable accommodations may include job restructuring, part-time or modified work schedules.  EEOC fact sheet on telework.

Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) & California Family Rights Act (CFRA)

FMLA is federal law designed to help employees manage their work and family responsibilities by allowing them to take reasonable unpaid leave for certain family and medical reasons.

CFRA There is much overlap between the FMLA and CFRA.  FMLA leave runs concurrently with, and is not in addition to, the leave entitlements provided by CFRA leave.  For differences, refer to this article.

University of California Policies affecting Flexible Work Arrangements

UC Davis has policy and guidelines, which apply to all UC Davis locations, for how to implement flex in your unit. Check with your department/unit Human Resource department to see what the policy is in your unit/school/classification regarding flexible scheduling and flexible workplace.