Domestic Violence Notice
Friday, July 07, 2017
Another notice requirement went into effect on July 1, where employers of more than 25 people must provide written notice to new employees (and current employees upon request) about the the rights of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking to take protected time off for treatment and/or legal proceedings.
The law itself is not changing; California employers have long-been required to provide employees this protected time off of work when they are the victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. The only new requirement is for employers to provide employees notice of this right.
Employers are also required to provide reasonable accommodation to employees who request it in order to keep them safe at work, and must permit employees to use their accrued Paid Sick Leave when they need to be away from work for medical reasons or legal proceedings (such as procurement of a restraining order or a court date) that are the result of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking.
This information should be included in your Employee Handbook. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about your responsibilities as an employer under this notice requirement or to have your handbook updated…or created!