Victims of domestic violence in New York may soon be entitled to
a 90-day unpaid leave of absence. The New York State Senate labor
committee passed Bill S.2509 on April 15, 2013. Under the bill, New
York's labor law would be amended to give victims of domestic
violence the right to take time off from work with job
The bill is one of several domestic violence-related bills
currently in the New York legislature. However, there is concern
that a 90-day period is much longer than other permitted leaves of
absence under New York State law. Advocates of the bill have
countered that any leave under the law would be unpaid, and
employers may charge accrued vacation time against the 90-day
Employers who fail to provide protected leave would face stiff
penalties. Workers denied leave could sue for wages, benefits and
other compensation, including job reinstatement. Employers could be
held liable for other penalties if a willful violation is
Employers should watch for further action on this bill and other
similar bills pending before the New York legislature. It would
also be prudent to consider changes that may be necessary in
employee handbooks and policies if and when the bill becomes
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