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New California employment law: Domestic dispute rights

There are many reasons that California employees have the right to legally request time off from work. Often, this applies to pregnant employees, their spouses or employees who are caring for other family members. However, Governor Jerry Brown recently signed a new employment law into effect that requires employers to notify their employees of their rights to take leave due to domestic violence.

Per the law signed on September 14, 2016, Brown expanded employer notice requirements to include written notification to employees of the rights to request protected leave in cases of domestic violence, stalking or sexual assault. This new law would require employers to inform employees of their rights upon hire and at any other time upon request. It is important to note that this bill only applies to employers who have 25 or more employees.

During the interim in which employers are required to comply with the new law, the government requests that employers review their policies on the existing rules regarding domestic violence leave. According to current laws, employees in California have the right to take time off for sexual assault, stalking or domestic violence when they notify their employers appropriately. This includes requesting time off for obtaining services from a domestic violence shelter or rape crisis center, seeking medical attention for injuries, obtaining psychological services or participating in safety planning (including temporary or permanent relocation.)

Unfortunately, this is a part of California employment law that many are unaware. Those who are facing domestic violence and dealing with the aftermath may need time off from work, which can cause financial difficulties. Anyone in this predicament may wish to seek the counsel of a qualified employment law attorney. Attorneys who are experienced in this area of law will be able to assist their clients in achieving justice and financial stability while maintaining the necessary discretion.

Source:, "California Employers Must Provide Written Notice of Right to Take Domestic Violence Leave", Sept. 20, 2016

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