FL Employee Domestic Violence Law Kicks In

July 9, 2007 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - Employees in Florida who are victims of domestic violence are now allowed up to three days of paid or unpaid leave, under a measure that went into effect at the beginning of this month, Business Insurance reported.

This means that employees who have been on the job for more than three months can take time off to deal with matters linked to domestic violence, such as getting an injunction for protection, obtaining medical care or mental health counseling.

However, in order for the requirements of the legislation to kick in, employees must have exhausted all vacation and personal leave time, unless the employer chooses to waive that requirement.

The law, which applies only to employers with 50 or more employees, reqauires workers to give employers “appropriate” notice before taking leave for domestic violence, except in cases of imminent danger.

The law also prohibits employers from discriminating against employees for exercising their rights under the law, Business Insurance reported.