As of July 1, 2017, all California employers must provide new employees (upon hire), or other employees (upon request), with a Notice Form laying out the "Rights of Victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking". The Notice Form must contain specific information about: (1) the employee's right to take time off work related to domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking situations; (2) the employee's right ask for reasonable accommodation; (3) the employee's right to use accrued vacation, personal leave or other compensatory time off (PTO, sick leave, etc.) to cover time off work for these purposes; and (4) that the employer will not discriminate or retaliate against an employee for taking time off work for protected reasons.
The Labor Commission has now posted a sample Notice Form that employers can choose to utilize. The sample Notice Form can be found at: http://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/Victims_of_Domestic_Violence_Leave_Notice.pdf. Employers may also choose to create their own versions of the Notice Form, as long as the form contains all of the required information.
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