For the first time, the state of Florida has passed a leave law that affects the private sector. The newly minted Domestic Violence Leave Law provides time off to employees who suffer domestic abuse, or who have family or household members who have been abused. It covers all employers with 50 or more employees.
The law requires employers to grant up to three days of domestic abuse leave annually, as long as workers have been employed for at least three months. Employers can decide whether to make it paid or unpaid leave. The law took effect July 1.
When leave may be taken
The new law provides covered em-ployees with rights to leave under specific circumstances. Covered employees may take leave to:
- Seek an injunction for protection against domestic or sexual violence.
- Get medical care, counseling or both to address injuries resulting from domestic violence.
- Obtain services from victim organizations, such ...(register to read more)