While it’s nothing compared to being a victim of domestic violence, caring for a family member who has been abused is extremely trying, as well. The NJ SAFE Act, a new law that affords domestic violence victims a brief time off work to take care of themselves, has provisions that extend to caregivers, too.
According to the NJ SAFE Act, employers in New Jersey must provide employees (who are victims of domestic violence) with 20 days of unpaid leave during the 12-month period following a documented offense. While the employee needs to provide notice to the employer in writing, the employer is prohibited from violating the employees’ privacy. Additionally, the unpaid leave must also be provided to employees who are caring for a parent, spouse, child, civil union partner or domestic partner who was victimized by such a crime.
NJ SAFE allows employees the chance to take time off from work to obtain any of the following:
- Obtain psychological counseling
- Seek medical attention for physical injuries
- Join a victim services group
- Take part in safety planning for permanent or temporary relocation
- Seek legal help in assuring your safety or the safety of a family member
- Prepare for or attend a legal hearing regarding the domestic violence case
This new law makes it easier for victims of domestic violence and sexually violent crimes to take time off from work in order to recover emotionally and physically. Not everyone is covered under NJ SAFE. Speak to a qualified employment lawyer at Team Law who can explain your rights. Contact us today for a free consultation about your case.