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5 Things Employers Need to Know About Domestic Violence at Work

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and domestic violence may often impact the workplace. In fact, high-profile employers have recently been propelled into the national spotlight on domestic violence issues.

Domestic Violence Q&A: What to Do When the Alleged Perpetrator is Your Employee

A significant number of employees are impacted by domestic violence—most frequently as victims and as relatives or friends of victims. According to recent studies and polls, 1 in 5 women in the United States is or has been involved in an abusive relationship, 44 percent of Americans say they know of someone in an abusive relationship, and 21 percent of surveyed employees report that they have been victims of domestic violence. In order to protect employees and the company, employers may want to have policies and protocols in place that create a culture where victims of domestic violence feel empowered to come forward and potential perpetrators of violence can access resources designed to help them before they act out. Employers may also want to consider the ways in which they may learn of domestic violence, what actions they can take upon learning of domestic violence, the potential risk of lawsuits resulting from adverse employment actions taken based on domestic violence, and how they can protect employees from those who might be the perpetrators of domestic violence.

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.

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.

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.

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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