Webinar Recording: Employer Obligations to Victims of Domestic Violence

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Employees who are victims of domestic violence or sexual assault, or have a family member in that situationmay be entitled to employment protectionsThese lesser-known protections could include the right to take a leave of absence and/or request a workplace accommodation.

In this webinar, we provided an overview of the states that have such laws, the salient provisions of the leaves, and the types of workplace accommodations that must be considered by employers. In addition, we shared statistics from Matrix’s national database showing utilization of such protections, and discussed our observations and conclusions about the data.  We also examinded the potential for underreporting the need for such leaves, and made recommendations for employers to support and encourage employees in such situations to come forward.


  • Gail Cohen, JD, Director, Employment Law & Compliance, Matrix Absence Management, Inc.
  • David Lea, Regional Practice Leader, Reliance Standard Life, Inc.


This webinar qualifies for the following CEUs: 1 CLMS, 1 PHR, and 1 SHRM. If you are interested in receiving continuing education credit for the recorded webinar, you will need to watch the full webinar, and then download your certificate of attendance from the “Webinar Recording and Continuing Education” tab.

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