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Notice of Rights of Victims of Domestic Violence

Employers are reminded of a new law that was passed last year, AB 2337, that requires employers with 25 or more employees to give employees notice of their rights under Labor Code sections 230 and 230.1 to take leave and/or to accommodations related to being the victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking.

Domestic Violence and its Potential Consequences in the Workplace: How to Protect Your Workers

Daily reports of incidents of domestic violence are an unfortunate reality across our nation. Recent events in San Bernardino, California, and Cookeville, Tennessee, remind us that domestic violence issues sometimes spill over into the workplace, sometimes causing loss of life and/or serious injuries. Domestic violence is defined as violence at the hands of a current or former intimate partner or family member. It is often physical violence, but just as often, it is psychological and emotional as well. Domestic violence occurs at about the same rate across all ethnic, racial, and cultural lines, and no relationship between domestic violence and educational or economic status has been established. According to one statistic, 1 in 5 women in the United States is or has been involved in an abusive relationship, and 44 percent of Americans say they know of someone in an abusive relationship.

6 Ways HR Can Help Domestic Violence Victims

Unfortunately, we live in a society in which domestic violence allegations surface all too often. Claims against Hollywood stars such as Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp along with incidents involving professional athletes, including Ray Rice, Greg Hardy and Jose Reyes, have thrust domestic violence even into the spotlight.

Domestic Violence Settlement in Discrimination Case Could Signal Trend

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has reached a novel settlement with Bon-Ton Stores in a discrimination case brought by a domestic violence victim, which he calls a "model for other employers." Under New York state law, domestic violence victims are a protected class.

Domestic Violence: A Possible Solution

One of the humbling aspects of keeping an online journal for any period of time, particularly when you are so unwise as to make predictions is that there exists documented proof of your own errors.

Domestic Violence and the Workplace: Mitigating the Risks

On February 5, just after the lunch hour at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, the ex-wife of a popular public health professor entered the campus office where the professor conducted cancer research and shot him to death before she turned the gun on herself.

ViewPoint: Two Laws Dealing With Domestic Violence Leave Could Create Confusion

Amber Elias’ article “ViewPoint: Two Laws Dealing With Domestic Violence Leave Could Create Confusion” was featured in the Boston Business Journal on November 7, 2014.

Ray Rice and Domestic Violence – What Employers Need to Know

The recent scandal involving NFL player Ray Rice’s violent physical assault on his then-fiancée has put a spotlight on domestic violence. Because of this high-profile incident, employers may see more domestic violence issues involving employees as both victims and perpetrators. Therefore, employers should remember the following...

When Misconduct at Home Turns Into Discipline at Work

Domestic violence is wrong.

How Employers Should Address Domestic Violence At Work

If a company employs five women, at least one of them has probably suffered violence at the hands of a spouse or boyfriend. Every day, three women in this nation are murdered by a current or former intimate partner. Unquestionably, domestic violence affects the workplace.

New EEOC Domestic Violence Q&A

The EEOC offers guidance on what employers should and shouldn't do about various domestic violence situations.

The Hidden Safety Hazard – Domestic Violence

As the holidays are approaching, you notice that Susan, one of your longtime employees with a near perfect attendance record, has missed several consecutive days of work due to an unspecified illness. When she returns to work, Susan looks like she has spent the past several days in the tanning bed. It seems unusual because Susan is so health conscious, but you shrug it off. Susan calls in sick again the next day.

EEOC Targets Employment Discrimination of Domestic Violence Victims

The EEOC recently weighed in on the possible application of Title VII and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to employees who are victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking. Set forth in a “Q & A” format, this EEOC fact sheet makes clear that Title VII and the ADA do not specifically prohibit discrimination against applicants or employees who experience domestic violence. However, it warns that “potential employment discrimination and retaliation against these individuals may be overlooked,” and may trigger protection under Title VII or the ADA.

States Adding Protections For Victims Of Crime And Domestic Violence.

In 1999, California and Maine became among the first states to enact statutes providing protection or leave to employees who were victims of domestic violence. Since that time, a number of states have followed suit. As examples, during the last year, Florida, Kansas, and Oregon have either enacted or amended statutes to provide greater protections to employees who are victims of domestic violence.
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