Important but little noticed changes to the California Family Rights Act become effective Jan. 1, and employers must be up to speed or risk violating the law. Employers have a short window to take action to develop compliance plans. These changes are the result of Senate Bill 1383, signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom in September. SB 1383 expands the CFRA to apply to employers with five or more employees, as well as expanding the scope of "family members" for whom covered employees can take unpaid protected leave.