New York City passes paid leave for domestic violence victims

New York City passed a bill that will now provide leave to victims of domestic and sexual assault.  This bill expands upon New York City’s Earned Sick Time Act, which will allow workers five days off to use for court appearances, meeting with law enforcement, serving an order of protection, counseling, or moving away from the abuser.  This law is set to take effect 180 days after the bill was signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio.  Similar to sick time, an employer may require reasonable documentation that the use of the safe time was covered by the law, however the employer cannot require that the details of the family matter, assault, stalking or human trafficking.

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