California Labor Commissioner Publishes Notice Required For New Hires Concerning Domestic Violence Leave

Last year Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 2337, requiring employers to provide employees with a notice regarding the availability of domestic violence victim leave. The notice must be provided to new hires and other employees upon request.  The notice requirement took effect July 1, 2017, with the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (“DLSE” otherwise known as the Labor Commissioner) tasked with preparing a sample notice for employers. 

 With little fanfare, the Labor Commissioner published the new notice earlier this summer.  The sample notice is available in both Spanish and English on the DLSE’s website under the “Notices and posters” section, entitled “Rights of Victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking.

Employers must add the domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking leave notice to the packet of documents provided to all new hires, and provide the notice to a current employee upon request.  In lieu of the DLSE form, employers may elect to use their own form, but must ensure that the information provided to employees is substantially similar in content and clarity to the DLSE’s notice. 

For more information concerning the notice requirement, you may contact one of the authors or your usual employment counsel at AALRR.

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