Florida Becomes 7th State to Grant Domestic Violence Leave

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Effective July 1, 2007, Florida became the 7th state to require employers to provide time off to employees who are victims of domestic violence. The other states are: California, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas and Maine.

Florida’s law permits employees to take up to three days leave from work in any 12-month period for a variety of activities connected with domestic violence, including:

  • Seeking an injunction for protection,
  • Obtaining medical care, and
  • Obtaining mental health counseling.

The law applies to employers with 50 or more employees and to employees who have been on the job for at least three months. Employers can require employees to exhaust all vacation, personal and sick leave before taking unpaid domestic violence leave. Similar legislation has been introduced in 9 other states, the District of Columbia and both houses of Congress. New York and North Carolina have laws that allow victims to take time off to seek civil protective orders.

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