California Employers Now Required to Notify Employees Experiencing Domestic Violence of Workplace Protections
AB 2337 Notification Requirement in Effect as of July 1, 2017
When Governor Brown signed AB 2337 into law on September 14, the bill came with two time sensitive provisions. The law has been in effect since January 1 with the Labor Commissioner’s Office having until July 1 to develop and issue the notification form which is now available. . The new provisions affect employers with 25 or more workers.
AB 2337 provided an important addition to the existing rights for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking to ensure that employers are aware of the protections available to victims including right to take time off to obtain a restraining order, seek medical care, and pursue counseling and safety planning services without fear of retaliation or discrimination. Additionally, the notification ensures employees are aware of their right to reasonable accommodation.
The impact of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking on the workplace are significant and can affect not only the employee experiencing victimization but the safety of other employees and the community, as well. Review of F.B.I. data on mass shootings between 2009 and 2015 found that in 57% of the cases of mass shootings included a spouse, former spouse, or other family members among the victims and 16% of attackers had been charged with domestic violence in the past. When employers are made aware that an employee is experiencing domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking, their response should include not only the victim but an assessment of the wider workplace safety, as well.
WEAVE has been at the forefront of addressing the impact of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking on the workplace. WEAVE’s Silence Doesn’t Work Here program is a partnership with employers to help employees, managers, and human resources professionals Recognize, Respond, and Refer victims of domestic violence while ensuring the workplace is supportive of victims and that its policies and procedures are aligned with legal protections for victims. Silence Doesn’t Work Here is an adaptable program to respond to the unique needs of each employer and can include training for human resources professionals, supervisors, and/or employee groups. WEAVE can also assist with the development of compliant policies that prioritize victim and employee safety. To learn more about Silence Doesn’t Work Here and to request more information, go to www.weaveinc.org/post/silence-doesnt-work-here.