Reminder: Employers Must Provide Notice of Victim Rights to Employees
Reminder: Employers Must Provide Notice of Victim Rights to Employees

As a reminder, all California employers must provide the newly issued Rights of Victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking notice to new employees upon hire and to current employees on request.

You can find the new notice HERE in English, and HERE in Spanish.

The notice informs employees who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking of various rights and protections, including the right to: unpaid time off to obtain legal relief (e.g., a restraining order); freedom from employer retaliation or discrimination due to their victim status; and reasonable accommodations in the workplace.

Although not stated in the notice, employers need not provide an accommodation that constitutes an undue burden to the employer’s business operations.

Employers of at least 25 employees should be aware that in addition to the rights and protections mentioned above, they must provide unpaid leave to enable victims to seek medical attention, services from certain shelters or programs, psychological counseling, or safety planning services.

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