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CA New Domestic Violence & Assault Employer Notice!

July 2017 Newsletter Update #3:

July #3 - Special Update
CA Issues New Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault & Stalking Notice to Employers
As required under AB 2337, California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement ("DLSE") has published a new written notice to employees, in English and Spanish, regarding their rights to take protected leave for domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking.
AB 2337, signed by Governor Jerry Brown in September 2016, expanded employer notice requirements. Employers must inform each employee of his or her rights through a notice upon hire and at any time upon request.

In the interim, employers should review their handbook policies and ensure that employees' existing rights to take time off for domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking are adequately set forth.  This includes notifying employees that are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking that they may take time off from work to:
  1. Seek medical attention for injuries
  2. Obtain services from a domestic violence shelter, program, or rape crisis center
  3. Obtain psychological counseling
  4. Participate in safety planning and take other actions to increase safety, including temporary or permanent relocation. Employers are prohibited from discharging, discriminating, or retaliating against an employee because of the employee's known status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking or for taking domestic violence leave.
An employer need not use the DLSE's notice, but any employer's notice must be "substantially similar in content and clarity" to the agency's.  Either way, California employers must update their new hire procedures to include the new notice. 
These regulations will become effective in September 2017. If you conduct business in California, review your Policies and Practices to ensure compliance with these requirements. To learn more about these important changes, contact our expert legal and HR team. Protect Yourself and your Employees.   

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