Connecticut expands workplace notice and protections for those affected by domestic violence
On May 24, 2022, Connecticut passed Public Act No. 22-82 which provides for enhanced protection for victims of domestic violence. Effective October 1, 2022, an employer with 3 or more employees must post in a prominent place information concerning domestic violence and the resources available to victims of domestic violence in Connecticut. Additionally, victims of domestic violence are protected from discrimination by current or future employers, and reasonable accommodations must be made available for employees who are the victims of domestic violence. Employers must provide a reasonable leave of absence for employees to seek attention for injuries sustained as a result of domestic violence, including for a child; to obtain safety planning or counseling; and to obtain legal services regarding an incident of domestic violence. In order to receive these enhanced protections, an employee who is absent from work as a result of the above must provide certification when requested by an employer of the reason for leave within a reasonable amount of time. Certification includes a police report; court order of protection from the domestic violence perpetrator; other evidence that the employee appeared in court; or documentation from a medical provider, domestic violence counselor, or other health care provider that the employee or child of the employee was receiving services as a result of victimization from an act of domestic violence. To the extent permitted by law, employers are required to maintain the confidentiality of any information they receive about an employee’s status as a victim of domestic violence.
By Megan Butz
General Counsel, HR Compliance, Checkwriters
Megan joined Checkwriters in 2020 and is responsible for reviewing, revising, and implementing internal policies of the company, advising on human resource, employment, and labor matters, and monitoring and publishing state and federal legal updates to the Checkwriters News and Compliance Center for distribution to thousands of clients around the country. Before joining Checkwriters, Megan served as a judicial law clerk for the justices of the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court performing legal research and writing, followed by private practice in Cape Cod.