Q: My son ran away so I took a day off from work to look for him. My boss want me to produce a police report about it.
A: If there is a police report, you can provide it redacted -- I would say almost completely.
If there is no police report, the employer is still required to give you the time off without retaliation -- California Labor Code Sec. 230.8 says you cannot be fired for taking time off for a child care emergency:
(a) (1) An employer who employs 25 or more employees working at the same location shall not discharge or in any way discriminate against an employee who is a parent of one or more children of the age to attend kindergarten or grades 1 to 12, inclusive, or a licensed child care provider, for taking off up to 40 hours each year, for the purpose of either of the following child-related activities:
(A) To find, enroll, or reenroll his or her child in a school or with a licensed child care provider, or to participate in activities of the school or licensed child care provider of his or her child, if the employee, prior to taking the time off, gives reasonable notice to the employer of the planned absence of the employee. Time off pursuant to this subparagraph shall not exceed eight hours in any calendar month of the year.
(B) To address a child care provider or school emergency, if the employee gives notice to the employer.
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