“Safe” Leave Time in Effect 10/30/19

Westchester County’s new “Safe Time Leave Law”, which goes into effect on October 30, 2019, will require all private employers to provide victims of domestic violence and / or human trafficking with up to 40 hours of paid leave per year.

This time may be used by employees to move to a safe location or attend criminal or civil court proceedings.

According to JD Supra, an employer may require an employee to provide reasonable documentation that the leave was used for a covered purpose, which may include any of the following:

  • a court appearance ticket or subpoena;
  • a copy of a police report;
  • an affidavit from an attorney involved in the court proceeding; or
  • an affidavit from an authorized person from a reputable organization known to provide assistance to victims of domestic violence and victims of human trafficking.
  • For a detailed outline of this ordinance and corresponding notice and documentation requirements, please click here.

    The information included in this blog post originally appeared in an article from JD Supra on May 13, 2019 written by Sebastian Chilco, Jill Lowell, and Sanjay Nair of Littler.

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