During this virtual session, we will introduce you to the Domestic Violence Business Toolkit, a program crafted by the Spokane Regional Domestic Violence Coalition. Its purpose is to provide guidance to employers and employees alike in identifying and addressing instances of domestic violence.
Given employers’ unique position in the lives of their employees, they naturally become crucial players in domestic violence support and response. Their ability to nurture healthy work environments and enhance awareness within their teams can profoundly impact the lives of abuse victims. Additionally, offering leave for employees facing domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking is not only conducive to fostering a positive work culture, but it is also a legal requirement in the state of Washington.
In 2018, Washington State passed a law that provides victims (and qualifying family members) of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking, the opportunity to take time off from work for the following reasons:
- Legal or law enforcement assistance and court proceeding
- Medical and psychological help
- Help from social service programs
- Safety planning
Domestic violence leave isn’t limited to regular paid time off – it also includes reasonable unpaid leave. Employers should be prepared for safety accommodation requests, and it’s important to understand that an employee’s job is legally protected during this leave.
While not mandatory, it’s advisable to include Domestic Violence Leave details in your employee handbook for clarity on rights and support. If your handbook doesn’t include information on domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking leave, you should consider adding this important information. If an update is needed, connect with our dedicated MemberCare team. We’re here to ensure your policies provide the necessary workforce support.
In partnership with: Spokane Regional Domestic Violence Coalition
Questions about your legal obligations as an employer, contact MemberCare!