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Latest Trendy Leave Requirement Forced On Employers Is Domestic Violence Leave

Published by on December 18, 2014

In August, 2014, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed new legislation entitled “An Act relative to domestic violence.” The new law was effective immediately and required that employers with 50 or more employees provide up to 15 days of unpaid leave in a 12-month period for addressing issues related to domestic violence or abusive behavior. If […]

In August, 2014, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed new legislation entitled “An Act relative to domestic violence.” The new law was effective immediately and required that employers with 50 or more employees provide up to 15 days of unpaid leave in a 12-month period for addressing issues related to domestic violence or abusive behavior.

If you’re surprised to hear about this new law, or are surprised that laws requiring unpaid leave for domestic violence issues exist, you’re not alone.  You’d be even more surprised to hear that laws like the new Massachusetts legislation already exist in more that fifteen other states and local jurisdictions, including Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Oregon, and others.  Additionally, several of the new paid sick leave laws, like California’s Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014, require employers to provide paid sick leave to employees to address domestic violence-related issues.

Laconic Lookout:  As 2014 comes to a close, this is the perfect time for employers to look through their personnel policies and ensure that their leave policies comply with existing law, and with newly-enacted laws that will come into effect in early 2015.

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