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Domestic violence isn't always domestic. It comes to the workplace as lost productivity, excessive absenteeism, employee depression, increased health costs and, in the worst-case scenario, as violence at the workplace. What starts as a private problem becomes an employment-law problem when:

  • OSHA comes calling. Federal safety law requires employers to provide a safe workplace.
  • Domestic-abuse victims suffer some psychological or physical harm. These may be serious health conditions that require FMLA leave or disabilities requiring ADA accommodations.
  • Domestic violence between married or dating co-workers triggers sexual harassment charges.

Some state family and medical leave laws allow employees time off after domestic violence, even if their injuries aren't serious enough to trigger FMLA leave. Plus, 21 states allow people to collect unemployment compensation if they have to quit due to domestic viole...(register to read more)

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